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The Red Sox continue to have their struggles against the Tampa Bay Rays, as they dropped their second straight game Wednesday night, 6-4.
It started out well, at least – Jason Bay, on returning to the lineup after missing two games due to a pulled hamstring, smacked his 21st homer of the season. But the score didn’t remain 1-0 for very long.
The Rays responded quickly, and they responded loudly as well. They had four home runs out of the six runs that they scored throughout the game, and Penny was charged with giving up five of the six runs over six innings. But at least this time Penny lasted more than three innings, and was pulled in the sixth.
Still, the Red Sox managed to put up a fight, albeit a small one. Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and his first home run in a Sox uniform, and Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie each had RBIs. Youkilis’ RBI in the seventh made the score a little bit closer, but the rest of the lineup was able to produce enough runs for the win – they stranded a lot of men on base.
Victor Martinez, again. Good thing we have this guy… 2-4 with a home run, even in a loss, is a pretty good night.
Brad Penny. Come on, man, what’s happening here? I’m thankful you lasted into the fifth inning, but with a 7-6 record now? Something needs to change, and soon. Where oh where is Wakefield when you need him!
“I don’t think it’s tough to play here, I just think their team has gotten a lot better.”
– Mike Lowell, on playing at Tropicana Field
W: David Price (5-4)
L: Brad Penny (7-6)