Rays lose 2-1 in 10 innings

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April

The Rays lost 2-1 to the Red Sox on an infield single against their five-man infield in the 10th inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury started the rally with single, then stole second and got to advance to third as Jose Lobaton's throw sailed off SS Yunel Escobar's glove. The Rays went to a 5-man infield with OF Matt Joyce at third. Shane Victorino hit a hard grounder that Escobar gloved but had no chance to make the play at the plate.

The Rays took a 1-0 led in the third when Desmond Jennings led off with a single and came around on Sean Rodriguez's double into the left field corner.

But in a sign of what kind of day it would be, Rodriguez moved up to third on a wild pitch but was stranded when Evan Longoria struck out, Ben Zobrist's liner was speared by 1B Mike Napoli and Shelley Duncan grounded out.

David Price, coming off a career-worst outing last Sunday, worked six innings and allowed only one run, but he threw 106 pitches, and in five of his six innings allowed a baserunner with two outs, including the fifth when David Ross hit a game-tying homer over the Green Monster.

The Rays had a prime opportunity to take a lead in the ninth when Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist walked, but manager Joe Maddon eschewed the bunt and the Rays did nothing with it, as pinch-hitter James Loney was called out on strikes, Yunel Escobar flied out and Ryan Roberts popped out.

And they had another in the 10th when Jose Molina led off by legging out - yes, legging out - a double, but Matt Joyce, Desmond Jennings and Sam Fuld went down in order, making the Rays 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the day.

The Rays and Red Sox play again Sunday at 1:35 with Alex Cobb, who was the scheduled starter in Friday's rainout, against Boston's Clay Buchholz.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 4:34pm]

    

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