Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays lose 5-2 to Boston Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Right-hander Alex Cobb appeared headed for a special night Monday, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Red Sox.

But, in what has become a familiar refrain for the reeling Rays, it ended in frustration, a 5-2 loss to Boston in front of 11,722 that delivered another big blow to their dwindling playoff hopes.

Tampa Bay, having lost seven of its past 10, fell to five games behind the Orioles for the second AL wild-card spot with just 15 to go. The Rays (78-69) are running short on time — and answers.

"It's just not happening," centerfielder B.J. Upton said. "I don't know what to say about it. We're just not winning, that's the bottom line."

Like Sunday's loss in New York, this one was sloppy at times, with three errors and a passed ball. It was also marred by a short, heated dugout exchange after the top of the sixth between Cobb and catcher Jose Molina, with Sun Sports cameras showing pitching coach Jim Hickey separating the two.

Cobb said he still doesn't know what the argument was about, other than it had nothing to do with Molina's passed ball in the sixth. But Cobb made it clear he did not instigate it — "I wouldn't approach a teammate in the dugout like that" — and believes the two players will move past the incident. Molina declined to comment as he walked past reporters in the quiet clubhouse.

"We're both professionals, those kinds of blowups happen throughout the course of the year," Cobb said. "And they have. Put it behind you, you don't need to be best friends with somebody to go out and work together."

Cobb cruised until the sixth, when he hit a batter and allowed a two-run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-and-1 fastball. Cobb said the incident with Molina didn't affect him when the two returned to their positions in the seventh, though he was pulled after allowing the first two hitters to reach base.

Reliever Burke Badenhop came in and got Ryan Lavarnway to hit a potential double-play grounder up the middle. But Ben Zobrist bobbled it, allowing the Red Sox to load the bases with two outs and leading to pinch-hitter Mauro Gomez's two-run single.

"(Cobb) had really good stuff," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's going to get a loss for that game tonight, but you look at how well he pitched and it's the same old refrain …

"We're just not hitting."

The Rays mustered five hits against starter Aaron Cook, who had lost six straight starts with a 6.00 ERA in that span.

"We have to do better offensively," Maddon said. "We are running out of time to do that."

As for the argument, Maddon said he spoke to the two afterward and everything is fine. He said such incidents are often "overblown" and can actually "be a good thing," citing the highly publicized spat between ex-Rays righty Matt Garza and catcher Dioner Navarro several years ago.

"Boys will be boys on occasion," Maddon said. "And it's fine right now."

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@tampabay.com.

Tampa Bay Rays lose 5-2 to Boston Red Sox 09/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:18am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  2. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  3. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  4. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.