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Andriese struggles as Rays fall to Red Sox

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BOSTON — RHP Matt Andriese thought facing the Red Sox in back-to-back starts would be a good challenge.

That turned out to be a bad idea, as Andriese lasted only two batters into the fifth of a rough 9-4 loss Monday night.

Andriese, winless in six starts since moving back into the rotation from the bullpen, was hit early and often, allowing a team-record-tying six doubles among a career-high 10 hits and seven earned runs. In the six starts, he is 0-4, 7.76.

"Plain and simple, I wasn't at my best today," Andriese said. "It's kind of what happens when you leave some elevated pitches up there to a good-hitting lineup, and they made me pay."

Andriese had reason to be confident after holding the Sox three runs over six innings on Wednesday, striking out eight.

But the Sox took a different approach Monday, and Andriese wasn't able to counter.

"I felt like they weren't chasing the changeup like they were in my last outing; that they probably recognized that," he said. "And I just wasn't as good with my fastball location."

Manager Kevin Cash noted that Andriese did well in getting ahead early in counts but then seemed to get cautious by working the edges and fell behind.

Overall, Andriese has lost his past six decisions, joining Chris Archer (2015) as the only Rays to have six-game winning and losing streaks in the same season.

BAT MEN: Down 2-0, the Rays rapped three straight hits to open the third and scored twice but didn't do much else off Rick Porcello, who picked up his MLB-leading 18th win. … 3B Evan Longoria had a pair of sac flies, pushing his team-leading RBI total to 82. … C Bobby Wilson continues to make a bid for a 2017 job with another two-hit game, raising his average to .246. … OF Corey Dickerson had two hits, giving him a .354 average over his past 14 games.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: With RHP Alex Cobb being activated Monday, the Rays finally cleared their disabled list, which was 10 deep at one point. Actually, it was the first game the Rays played with no one on the DL since July 6, 2011, per team research. They had been injury-free from June 20, when RHP Jeff Niemann was activated, through July 6, with RHP Wade Davis going on the DL the next day. "Who knows how long that will last," head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield said, "but we'll enjoy it." He said the accomplishment is shared by the major- and minor-league training staffs, plus strength and conditioning coordinator Kevin Barr, massage therapist Nate Leet and others. And he said a lot of credit goes to the players in the clubhouse for working hard and being "willing to play a little bit banged up." Plus, the training staff is still plenty busy providing treatment and supervising exercises.

REMEMBER WHEN: Monday was the 16th anniversary of one of the wildest games in Rays history, when Gerald Williams was hit by Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez and charged the mound to spark the first of several incidents. By the end of the night, eight Rays players and coaches were ejected, and Martinez took a no-hitter into the ninth.

MISCELLANY: The Rays will find out today if OF Desmond Jennings, released Saturday, was claimed off waivers or cleared to become a free agent. … LHP Blake Snell said his left ankle, struck by a ball on Saturday, continues to feel better. … The Rays are expected to have a scout at former Gators QB Tim Tebow's baseball showcase in California today. … The Rays don't appear to have any interest in OF Yasiel Puig, whom the Dodgers are reportedly looking to unload.

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