Final in 15
4:10 PM ET, May 24, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox blew a big early lead en route to their longest skid in 13 years.
Andrew Miller threw a force attempt at second base into center field, allowing pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to score in the bottom of the 15th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays handed the Red Sox their ninth consecutive loss, 6-5 Saturday.
Boston scored five runs in the first inning but still lost its ninth in a row for the first time since Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001.
"These types of games are difficult to take when you come out on the losing side of it," Boston manager John Farrell said.
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James Loney opened the 15th with a single off Miller (1-4). Figueroa ran for Loney and went to second on Brandon Guyer's bunt single. He scored when Miller threw the ball into center field while attempting to get a double play on Desmond Jennings' grounder.
"Got the comebacker," Miller said. "I went to go throw like instinct. You spin around and start to see everything unfold, and at the last second saw I didn't have a play. I didn't have anybody getting to the bag and just didn't have time to hold onto the ball."
All four of Miller's loses have come since May 13.
Cesar Ramos (2-3) allowed an infield single and two walks in three scoreless innings for the win. Five Tampa Bay pitchers limited Boston to six hits, with just two coming after the first inning.
"We won that game because we pitched so well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
A.J. Pierzynski homered for the Red Sox in a game that took 5 hours, 16 minutes.
Matt Joyce had an RBI single and Guyer drove in two with a double off Jake Peavy in the fifth as the Rays rallied from a five-run deficit to tie it at 5. Logan Forsythe had a second-inning sacrifice fly and an RBI single during the fourth.
Not the Encore They Were Looking For
Boston's nine-game losing streak is the second-longest by a reigning World Series champion in the last 20 years.
-- Elias Sports Bureau
"I think we all expected he would go out there and shut them out like he did," Guyer said of Price after the first. "So we knew we just had to get the runs and back him up, and we did that."
Bogaerts left the game due to right hamstring cramps and was replaced defensively at shortstop by Jonathan Herrera in the 11th. Bogaerts doesn't believe the injury is a serious one.
Peavy gave up five runs and eight hits over six innings.
Saturday was a planned off day for Ortiz, who has calf soreness. Napoli could sit out a few games due to lingering effects of flu-like symptoms along with hamstring, calf and finger issues. Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list after aggravating a right hamstring injury running to first base in the ninth inning of Friday's 1-0 loss to the Rays.
Ortiz hit a grounder pinch-hitting in the 10th.
"There is no give up in this group," Farrell said. "You do the best you can with what you have. That's the mode we're in right now."
Boston recalled OF Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava and RHP Brandon Workman, who will start Sunday in place of LHP Felix Doubront (strained left shoulder), were in Syracuse with Pawtucket and left the team hotel at 4 a.m. Saturday. ... Rays RF Wil Myers, in a 2-for-26 slide, didn't start, but walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-4) is the Rays' scheduled starter Sunday. ... Tampa Bay 3B coach Tom Foley plans to keep wearing Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer's uniform No. 66. Zimmer is recovering from heart and lung surgery last month. "Just to let him know we're thinking about him every day," Foley said "I'll wear it until somebody tells me not to."
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 24: David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the first inning of a game...(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 7-5 (as of Sat 5/24)|
|Tue 4/29||@BOS 7, TB 4||Recap|
|Thu 5/1||TB 2, @BOS 1||Recap|
|Thu 5/1||TB 6, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Fri 5/23||@TB 1, BOS 0||Recap|
|» Sat 5/24||@TB 6, BOS 5||Box Score|
|Sun 5/25||@TB 8, BOS 5||Recap|
|Fri 5/30||@BOS 3, TB 2||Recap|
|Sat 5/31||@BOS 7, TB 1||Recap|
|Sun 6/1||@BOS 4, TB 0||Recap|
|Fri 7/25||@TB 6, BOS 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/26||@TB 3, BOS 0||Recap|
|Sun 7/27||BOS 3, @TB 2||Recap|
|Aug 29, 2014||BOS (Workman) @ TB (Archer)||7:10 PM ET|
|Aug 30, 2014||BOS (Webster) @ TB (Odorizzi)||7:10 PM ET|
|Aug 31, 2014||BOS (Buchholz) @ TB (Cobb)||1:40 PM ET|
|Sep 1, 2014||BOS (De La Rosa) @ TB (Smyly)||1:10 PM ET|
|Sep 23, 2014||TB @ BOS||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 24, 2014||TB @ BOS||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 25, 2014||TB @ BOS||7:10 PM ET|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Rays|
|1st||M Carp hit by pitch, B Holt scored, X Bogaerts to third, D Pedroia to second.||1||0|
|1st||J Gomes hit sacrifice fly to left, X Bogaerts scored.||2||0|
|1st||A Pierzynski homered to right (352 feet), D Pedroia and M Carp scored.||5||0|
|2nd||L Forsythe hit sacrifice fly to right, B Guyer scored.||5||1|
|4th||L Forsythe reached on infield single to shortstop, B Guyer scored.||5||2|
|5th||M Joyce singled to center, D DeJesus scored, E Longoria to second.||5||3|
|5th||B Guyer doubled to deep left, E Longoria and M Joyce scored, B Guyer to third advancing on throw.||5||5|
|15th||D Jennings grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, C Figueroa scored on throwing error by pitcher A Miller, B Guyer safe at second on throwing error by pitcher A Miller.||5||6|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||23,569 (69.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Stu Scheurwater|
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