RedSoxLife.com Staff Writer
Game 66: Red Sox lose
After yesterdays nearly six hour game that saw the Red Sox score 6 runs without recording an out, Boston had a much harder time scoring runs today in St. Pete. It didn't help that Jon Lester continued his slide, walking 7 batters to bring his ERA up over 4. Lester now has a 6.90 ERA over the last five starts, when in his first nine starts he had a 2.72 ERA. Weal hitting combined with poor starting pitching is a recipe for disaster, and after nine innings, Boston drops this game 8-3. Here are the four at bats that changed the game.
1) Nap time! Top of the third inning, and the Rays are up 2-1. The bases are loaded, and Rays starter Roberto Hernandez is in trouble. Mike Napoli swings at the second pitch he sees and delivers with a single to right center field that plates two men. The single gives Napoli his 48 and 49 RBI of the season and it gives the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.