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In what easily could have been the biggest start John Lackey has made all season for the Red Sox, he came up short yet again lasting three innings while giving up five hits, five runs, walking three and only striking out two. Wade Davis on the other hand was magnificent going the distance striking out eight, walking none and allowing only two runs recording his 10th win of the year. Rays won 7-2.
With two outs and two on in the second inning, John Jaso took a John Lackey fastball into the right field seats that led to a Rays 3-0 lead. The Rays never looked back from there. In the third inning, Johnny Damon and Matt Joyce both had an RBI singles to put the game out of reach.
The Red Sox could not put much together in the later innings although they got two back when Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Josh Reddick and Marco Scutaro produced a sacrifice fly. The Rays quickly answered with two of their own on back-to-back doubles from Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria.
The Red Sox hold a 5.5 game lead in the Wild Card. It seems like a lot, but this team is going in the wrong direction. Kyle Weiland will get the ball Saturday as the Rays look to Jeremy Hellickson.