Originally posted on Fenway West  |  Last updated 9/21/12

Clay Buchholz pitched himself 7 strong innings, however the Rays would rally in the 9th and walk away with a way to split the series with the Sox.  Andrew Bailey showed the first real sign of struggle since he has been back from injury and ended up allowing 5 runs to score in the 9th.  It was another gut punch of a loss in a long line for the Sox.

Buchholz took the mound and pitched himself a real nice outing.  Buchholz even survived the decision to start Pedro Ciriaco in center field.  Ciriaco botched a play that ended up being a double for Longoria.  Buch got around it without any damage done.  In the 3rd there was another play that would have easily been an easy out if it was Ellsbury out there in CF, but ended up being a double.  Once again Buch got out of the inning without any damage being done.  Let's just say that the experiment of Ciriaco at CF did not work out. In the bottom of the 4th, Jacoby Ellsbury was back out there in CF where he should be. 

In the top of the 6th, the Sox jumped out to the first lead in the game.  Iglesias singled and then Ross hit an RBI double to score Iggy.  Sox 1-0.  Lavarnway hit an RBI single and the Sox were leading 2-0.  In the 8th inning the Sox got a 3rd run when Gomez hit a stand up triple to score Lavarnway.   Buchholz was done after 7 innings and it was reported later that he had a stiff back.  The idea of Buch having any back issues makes me have panic attacks since we need him to be strong and healthy to lead the rotation going forward and back issues have been such a concern for him.  Tazawa came out in the 8th and ended up giving the Rays their first run of the night.  Tazawa gave up an RBI sac fly to Zobrist.  Sox 3-1.  The Sox would get that run right back in the top of the 9th when Jose Iglesias hit a solo HR.  That was Iggy's first homerun of the season and he knew it was out right off the bat.  The Sox happily gave him the silent treatment in the dugout. 

Andrew Bailey took the mound in the 9th and that is when everything went all wrong.  Bailey gave up an RBI single to Pena with one out to bring the Rays within 2.  Bailey then issued a walk and an RBI single to Jennings which tied the game.  There was a runner on 3rd and it seemed like the Rays were on the verge of walking off.  Bailey was done for the night and Padilla was into the game.  Padilla got the walk off done in dramatic fashion when he gave up a 3 run HR to BJ Upton. 

The Sox lost a game that was well pitched by Clay Buchholz with their closer on the mound with a 3 run lead.  That shouldn't happen, but it did. 

Red Sox 4 Rays 7 BOXSCORE

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Cowboys have ‘no interest’ in Freeney, Hardy

Report: Bradham was defending girlfriend during alleged assault

Elliott domestic violence case being taken to city prosecutor

Belichick: Brady is not going to lose his starting job

Report: Brown 'confident' Steelers will rework his contract


Report: J.T. Barrett lost full scholarship over summer for DWI

Police escort helped Joey Gallo get to ballpark on time

Agent: Bryant ‘heartbroken that he’s not allowed to play’

Report: Trent Baalke could lose job if 49ers don’t show progress

Lawsuit: Baylor players gang raped student, school knew

Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly remain far apart

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

WATCH: Rick Sutcliffe cuts up tie during Cubs-White Sox game

Kirk Cousins has excellent take on franchise tag

Broncos DB during DUI arrest: I can't wait to tell Obama

NBA champ Cavs honored with 2,000-pound butter sculptures

John Daly dons super-patriotic outfit for Champions Dinner

Aaron Rodgers not inclined to talk about brother Jordan

Astros fan starts GoFundMe page to buy out Gomez contract

Durant told Westbrook he was returning to Thunder?

Five NFL teams set to rise up in 2016

Jeremy Lin reportedly looking to trademark phrase ‘Brook-Lin’

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker