Rays lose in ninth, 3-2
The Rays walked off losers again Monday, dropping a 3-2 matinee game to the Red Sox on Monday.
The ending came somewhat suddenly in the ninth as Dustin Pedroia walked off Joel Peralta and then scored when Mike Napoli doubled off the Green Monster.
Down 2-1, the Rays tied it in the ninth when Desmond Jennings led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Ben Zobrist liner to left that landed in front of Jackie Bradley. Zobrist went to second on the throw to the plate, but no further as Evan Longoria was called out on a check-swing third strike by 1B ump Angel Hernandez, Matt Joyce took a called third and Ryan Roberts popped out.
Though the Rays snapped their hitless streak with runners in scoring position at 0-for-24 and hit their first homer in more than a week, it was hardly an impressive offensive show.
They managed only four hits in getting swept by the Sox in three games and dropped to 4-8, matching their worst 12-game start in franchise history.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson pitched well for the Rays but, with little margin for error, was done in by a few mistakes, a leadoff triple by Jacoby Ellsbury and a fifth-inning homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Rays had a chance to tie the game in the sixth with men on first and third and two outs when Longoria hit a ball up the middle, but Sox shortstop Stephen Drew made a tremendous play and 1B ump Angel Hernandez called out Longoria, who threw his arms up and then his helmet down in frustration
The Rays headed off after the game to Baltimore for three games against the Orioles, having thus far gone 1-5 on the first trip of the season.
Longoria's homer was not only his first of the season, but the Rays first in more than a week - 8 days, 15 hours and 23 minutes, to be more or less exact, since Kelly Johnson had gone deep. The drought covered a span of 219 at-bats over six-plus games; the team record for homerless games is 7.
Hellickson worked seven innings, allowing the two runs on three hits, with nine strikeouts, one off his career high.