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Red Sox Must Re-Bound From Devastating Trip to Tampa

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The team that gets the big, clutch hits will runners on base, usually wins, and that’s exactly what happened in the Red Sox 6-4 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night.  Brad Penny served up 2-run home runs to Carlos Pena in the 2nd inning and Carl Crawford in the 3rd inning, and a solo shot to Pat Burrel in the 6th inning, and the Rays took advantage of situations when runners were on base.  On the other side of the ball, the Red Sox home runs – from Jason Bay in the 2nd inning and Victor Martinez in the 6th inning – were both solo home runs.  When the Red Sox did get runners on base for good scoring chances, the Red Sox came through with RBI groundouts – from Jed Lowrie in the 7th inning and Kevin Youkilis in the 8th inning – instead of RBI hits that would have kept rallies going.

And so the story goes.  Coming off of a weekend series sweep in Baltimore, the Red Sox were confident going into Tampa.  But they let a 2-0 lead slip away in the opener and never got into a groove in Wednesday night’s finale.  If Penny could have avoided serving up the long ball, the Red Sox might have had a chance.  But he didn’t, and the 3-run lead was just too much to overcome.  Manny Delcarmen gave the Rays an insurance run by surrendering a solo HR to Jason Bartlett in the 7th inning and by then, the Rays were in control with a 6-3 lead.  For the 2nd night in a row, the Red Sox managed just 7 hits.

The Red Sox have little time to get out of their Florida funk.  The Red Sox open up a big 4-game series against the Yankees in New York tonight.  Trailing the Yankees by 2.5 games, this is a HUGE series for the Red Sox.  A split would be just fine, but losing 3 of 4 or getting swept would be disastrous.  We’ll keep you posted of any late-breaking news before tonight’s series opener at the New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

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