#RedSox Game Summary (July 9) Fallen From the Tightwire

#RedSox Game Summary (July 9) Fallen from the tightwire. This was a taut game, a real white knuckler, until the 8th inning, with masterful performances by both Boston’s David Price and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, who both ended up with no-decisions. Mookie Betts got things going, by leading off the game with a solo bomb to left center. The Rays came right back in the bottom of the 1st, when Steven Souza, Jr. doubled and scored on a hit by Evan Longoria. The Rays went ahead when Souza walked, advanced to 3rd on a Corey Dickerson double, and scored on a sac fly, to make the score 2-1. In the 7th, Dustin Pedroia rescued the game with a 2 run homer to right, giving Boston a thin 3-2 lead, and ending Archer’s day. But in the bottom of the inning, the Rays tied it up when reliever Matt Barnes walked Mallex Smith, who reached 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, got to 3rd on a Souza single and scored on a sac fly by Dickerson. Score is tied; time to reach for the Maalox. Meanwhile, the Rays bullpen was keeping Boston hitters stifled. Finally, in the bottom of the 8th, fireballer Joe Kelly, who had gotten the last 2 outs of the 7th, was on the mound, and we hoped for a 3 up, 3 down inning. Not so much. First, he walked Logan Morrison. Walking the leadoff hitter is always bad. Then after 2 outs, he hung a curveball to Brad Miller, who lofted it just over the fence in center field. Done, and done. The Sox now enter the All Star break having seemingly lost all their recent momentum, giving up 3 out of 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s hope they get their mojo back when play resumes on Friday. Tampa Bay beat Boston, 5-3, at Tropicana Field. Record: 50-39. Game 89/73.

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