The Boston Red Sox lost for the fifth time in their last seven games on Saturday as they fell 12-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
David Price suffered the loss to fall to 2-3 on the young season. Price pitched 5.2 innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks. He struck out five but allowed two home runs, including an inside-the-park homer by Denard Span in the second inning after a line drive bounced past center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and rolled all the way to the center field wall.
The Red Sox essentially conceded the inside-the-park home run to the speedy Span at that point.
Although the Red Sox tied the game 2-2 by the end of the second, Wilson Ramos smacked a towering two-run home run in the third inning off Price to make it 4-2 Rays. With the game tied 5-5 after five frames, the Rays slowly pulled away as they outscored the Sox 7-1 in the final four innings. Lefty Brian Johnson allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings of relief.
Seven different Rays players drove in at least one run in the overpowering effort.
Among the highlights for the Red Sox offense was third baseman Rafael Devers, who went 3-for-5 including his fourth home run of the season, which at the time tied the game at five. But six runs wasn’t nearly enough to overcome a down day for the Red Sox pitching staff.
Up Next: The Red Sox, still 19-7, get a chance to salvage the series against the Rays (12-13) on Sunday. Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.93 ERA) takes on an as-yet unannounced starter for Tampa Bay.