In a rather ugly game early, which turned dramatic in the later innings, the Red Sox and Rays combined for 13 walks, with the Rays coming away with a 2-1 win in the first of a day/night doubleheader at Fenway Park. With the loss the Red Sox fell to 0-7 in games attempting to get back to .500 this year.
Replay once again went against the Red Sox as in the seventh inning with Dustin Pedroia on first base, David Ortiz ripped a double off the wall in left and Pedroia tried to score all the way from first. After a perfect relay from the Rays, Pedroia was called out at home on a bang-bang play at the plate. The play was reviewed, but came out inconclusive, much to the dismay of Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, who was immediately ejected. After further review of the replay it was tough to see if Pedroia ever did in fact touch home plate, which made it difficult to overturn.
"I thought not only did Dustin beat the throw and beat the tag, but felt like his left foot made some contact with home plate," said manager John Farrell. "Our video internally showed that was the case and upon review the call came back, it stood. They felt like there wasn't enough conclusive evidence to overturn the call on the field.
"Looking back at it (first base umpire Toby Basner) was in position and he felt like Dustin slid to the right of home plate. The mark in the dirt at home plate showed he went across the back edge, but again there review said they couldn't tell conclusively if his foot touch home plate or not."
After allowing a David DeJesus solo homer in the third inning, the wheels fell off for starter Jake Peavy in the fourth as he matched his pitch total through the first three innings by throwing 35 pitches in the inning. The right-hander allowed a double and walked three straight Rays for them to score their second run and eventual game-winner. Overall, Peavy went 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits, but walked five and struck out four taking his first loss of the year.
The Red Sox scored their run in the first on a Jonny Gomes RBI single, scoring Pedroia. Spot starter for the Rays, Cesar Ramos also struggled with his control, going 4 2/3 innings allowing one run on one hit, but walked six throwing 95 pitches. The Sox offense couldn't get much going and struggled with men on base, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 total on base.
Their bullpen turned in another solid outing as Chris Capuano (2/3 inning), Burke Badenhop (1 inning) and Andrew Miller (1 inning) combined to throw 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
The teams will be back at it for the night portion of their doubleheader in just a few hours (7:10, NESN) as Felix Doubront will be opposed by Chris Archer.
What they'll be saying: The story of the game was the reviewed play at the plate, but it really shouldn't have came to that as the Red Sox had plenty of chances to win the game before even attempting to tie the game on that play. As a team they couldn't come up with a clutch hit, they scored one run off Ramos, even after forcing him to throw 35 pitches in the first inning and finally, Peavy walked three hitters, including walking in the game-winning run in the fourth ... There are good signs offensively as Mike Napoli extended his on-base streak to 23 games, Pedroia's to 12 games and Xander Bogaerts has now reached in 23 of 26 games this year. They are getting plenty of opportunities, just failing to get the elusive hit with runners in scoring position. Luckily for the team they will be able to get right back at it in the nightcap of the doubleheader.