Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 4/16/12
Daniel Bard's bases-loaded walk to Evan Longoria in the top of the 7th inning helped end the Red Sox winning streak at 3 as the Tampa Bays Rays nipped the Sox 1-0 in the Patriots Day finale of the 4-game series. Bard pitched well, going 6.2 innings before running out of gas. He only allowed 4 hits, but 7 walks ultimately proved to be his undoing including 3 in the 7th.Rays starter James Shields held the Red Sox in check with 8.1 shutout innings. Like Bard he allowed 4 hits, but he only walked two. He was removed in the bottom of the 9th with one out after giving a free pass to Dustin Pedroia.Fernando Rodney closed out the 9th for Tampa retiring Adrian Gonzalez on a ground out. Following an intentional walk to David Ortiz (Rays manager Joe Maddon opting to put the winning run on base rather than pitch to a red-hot Ortiz), Rodney struck out Cody Ross to seal the win for Tampa.NOTES - Cody Ross had a pair of hits for the Red Sox.The 11:05 AM game time had everyone up early enough;...
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