Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-4

From the beginning, last night’s 9-4 loss to the Rays was a scuffle for Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

His first pitch, an 89-mile-per-hour fastball that just missed inside to Ben Zobrist, served as a harbinger of things to come for Matsuzaka in his 29-pitch first inning when he walked the bases loaded only to extricate himself from the jam when he induced John Jaso to fly out to center field.

Matsuzaka’s night wasn’t over until he threw his 111th pitch, a 91-m.p.h. ...

BOSTON—Matt Garza allowed six hits in seven innings and the struggling Tampa Bay Rays pulled away with six runs in the eighth inning to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday night, ending the Red Sox's seven-game home winning streak.

Garza (9-5) was sharp in his first road game since June 18 when he gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Florida, the worst start of his career. He threw 49 pitches in the first inning of that game but just 34 in the first three innings ...

The walk to the mound is slow and uncomfortable for Red Sox manager Terry Francona, the veteran of too many knee surgeries. And it has gotten even more uncomfortable of late, as reliever after reliever has let him down.

Save for Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon — yes, even with those blown saves in Colorado — Francona has almost no one he can trust, with Manny Delcarmen struggling significantly of late. Add Delcarmen’s troubles to those of Hideki Okajima and Ramon Rami...