1:40 PM ET, May 25, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
The World Series champions lost their 10th straight game and brawled with the Rays during an 8-5 defeat Sunday.
Rays pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez connected for a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh. Later in the inning, Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double and then took third on defensive indifference, setting off the fracas.
More from ESPN.com
With their losing streak at 10, the Red Sox let some of their frustration boil over against the Rays, Gordon Edes writes. Story
"There were some words exchanged," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We're down five in the seventh, so it's somewhat a gray area when you shut down the running game."
"Yunel is going to do some things that might be a little unpredictable, so that's what precipitated it," said Farrell, who formerly managed Escobar in Toronto.
Farrell admitted that Boston's slide may have also "boiled over a little bit."
Escobar, Rodriguez and Boston's Jonny Gomes were all ejected.
Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't quite agree with Farrell's assessment of baseball's unwritten rules.
"Last year in the playoffs, they had a 8-2 lead in the eighth when (Jacoby) Ellsbury led off with a single and then stole second base," Maddon said, correctly recalling what happened in the division series opener. "I think that was a little more egregious than their interpretation of what happened today."
"Before you start screaming about any of that, just understand what happened just last year, and also understand in this ballpark, five-run leads can evaporate very quickly," he said.
This is Boston's longest losing streak since an 11-game slump from June 8-19, 1994.
The Red Sox have been outscored 52-24 over their last 10 games. World Series MVP David Ortiz is hitting .118 and has no RBIs in that span.
"The effort is there," Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "The performance is not. So, we got to be better. It starts tomorrow."
Boston will try to end the drought on Monday afternoon when it plays at Atlanta.
Gomes pulled Boston even at 3 with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh off Joel Peralta (2-3).
Escobar doubled and easily took third without a throw on the first pitch to Jose Molina.
Escobar got into a yelling match with the Boston dugout and had to be restrained just before both benches and bullpens emptied. The sides gathered around third base for a short session that mostly involved pushing and shoving.
"I'm not concerned about the bag at all," said Gomes, who sprinted into the fray from left field. "Yelling at my dugout, pointing at my dugout and taking your helmet off and basically challenging our dugout, I have a problem with that."
Escobar issued a statement through the Rays, saying that "as far as I'm concerned, it's over."
"They took offense to what we thought was fine," Rays third base coach Tom Foley said. "They called him out and he talked back to them and the next thing you know, benches cleared."
Longoria hit a leadoff homer and Logan Forsythe had an RBI single as the Rays took a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Wil Myers made it 3-1 on a run-scoring grounder in the fifth.
Brandon Workman, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits over five innings in his first big league start this season. He made three relief appearances with Boston earlier this year before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 8.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
Boston put 1B Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained finger on his left hand. ... Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (arthroscopic right elbow surgery) threw batting practice and is set to pitch in a simulated game Wednesday. He expects to return before the All-Star break. ... Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist (dislocated left thumb) hit against Hellickson and hopes to come off the disabled list next weekend. ... Farrell said Ortiz will play first base at least once in the two-game interleague series against the Braves.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 25: Brandon Workman #67 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning of a game...(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 10-9 (as of Sun 5/25)|
|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||Recap|
|» Sun 5/25||@TB 8, BOS 5||Box Score|
|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|
|Fri 8/29||BOS 8, @TB 4||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@TB 7, BOS 0||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||BOS 3, @TB 0||Recap|
|Mon 9/1||@TB 4, BOS 3||Recap|
|Tue 9/23||TB 6, @BOS 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/24||@BOS 11, TB 3||Recap|
|Thu 9/25||@BOS 11, TB 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Rays|
|3rd||B Holt hit sacrifice fly to right, A Pierzynski scored, G Sizemore to third.||1||0|
|4th||E Longoria homered to right (376 feet).||1||1|
|4th||L Forsythe singled to left, W Myers scored, B Guyer to second.||1||2|
|5th||W Myers grounded into fielder's choice to third, D DeJesus scored, M Joyce out at second, E Longoria to third.||1||3|
|7th||J Gomes homered to left (410 feet), A Pierzynski scored.||3||3|
|7th||S Rodriguez homered to left (403 feet), D Jennings and E Longoria scored.||3||6|
|7th||Y Escobar doubled to left, J Loney and B Guyer scored.||3||8|
|9th||X Bogaerts singled to center, A Pierzynski and B Holt scored.||3||8|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||26,199 (76.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Stu Scheurwater, Third Base - Larry Vanover|
Longest Losing Streaks - Reigning World Series Champions
ESPN Stats & Information
- MLB Home
- Baseball Tonight
- AL East
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
- AL Central
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Minnesota Twins
- AL West
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Angels
- Oakland Athletics
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Top 100 prospects
- Photo Galleries
- Key Dates
- Ballpark rankings
- Free Agent Tracker
- Hall of 100
- ESPN Home Run Tracker
- All-time WAR
- World Series Timeline
- Postseason Classics
- FROM 2014
- Anatomy of a Pitch
- Aaron's 715: Live in 2014
- The Unwritten Canon, Revealed
- The Last Great Call(s)
- 1994: What could have been
- Pete Rose: 25 years in exile