Rays no-hit into 8th, lose 5-0
The good news Sunday was that the Rays avoided being no-hit for the fifth time in five seasons, Kelly Johnson ending the drought, and the drama, with a broken-bat bloop single two pitches into the eighth inning.
But the bad news was another uninspiring loss, 5-0 to the Red Sox, dropping their record to 4-7.
While the Rays weren't hitting, they also weren't playing good defense, two mistakes leading to two extra Boston runs in the third. Alex Cobb bobbled a comebacker with the bases loaded and lost the chance.
They looked for much of the afternoon like they would be no-hit again until Johnson's broken-bat blooper over first base saved them from the possiblity of being no-hit for the fifth time in five seasons.
The Rays had nothing against Boston's Clay Buchholz then - four walks and 11 strikeouts - when Johnson got his hit.
Sam Fuld promptly grounded into a double-play, but Desmond Jennings did follow with a double off the Green Monster. Evan Longoria added a single in the 9th.
The Rays had been no-hit by Chicago's Mark Buehrle in 2009, by Oakland's Dallas Braden and Arizona's Edwin Jackson in 2010, and by Seattle's Felix Hernandez last year. Buerhle, Braden and Hernandez through perfect games. They also were no-hit in 2002 at Fenway Park, by Derek Lowe.
The Rays play in Boston again on Monday, with an 11:05 a.m. start for the Patriots' Day matinee on Marathon day. RHP Jeremy Hellickson will face Boston RHP Ryan Dempster.