Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5
When Clay Buchholz delivered the first pitch of the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Rays last night — a 96-mile-per-hour fastball for a called strike against Jason Bartlett — little did he realize he would need 42 more pitches to extricate himself from a 26-minute first inning that featured four unearned runs and left him staring at his first loss of the season.
“It was a misfortune, I guess,’’ Buchholz said, trying to explain all that went awry for him in the first.
Jon Lester, frankly, is embarrassed at how he has pitched in April and May since arriving in the big leagues in 2006.
One of the best starters in the game for most of the season, the lefthander is just another guy during the first two months, going 7-11 with an ERA of 4.76 in his career.
“Every year I tell myself it’s not going to happen, and it still does,’’ said Lester, who is scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. “If I had an answer, I would try and...
The Red Sox lost an agonizing game against the Tampa Bay Rays early last night. Then it got a little more painful.
The first blow was a two-run home run by Pat Burrell in the 12th inning that gave the Rays a 3-1 victory in the continuation of a game suspended by rain Friday night.
The shot off Manny Delcarmen came after the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the 11th inning but failed to score.
“That was a game we felt like we should have won,’’ manager Terr...