Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are striking out on the road.
The Rays lost their fifth game in their last six tries Sunday, falling 7-5 to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have also struck out at least 11 times in five of those six games.
It’s been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139. This time, it was a particular challenge in the eighth inning, when Kevin Kiermaier singled and stole second with no one out, but Evan Longoria and Brad Miller both struck out, and Corey Dickerson fouled out.
The Rays scored three runs in the first off Drew Pomeranz, but the Red Sox took the lead with a two-run seventh on Mitch Moreland’s two-run single.
Alex Cobb started for the Rays and gave up four runs in five innings. Danny Farquhar took the loss.
Miller had a two-run triple, and Dickerson and Tim Beckham had homers.
The Rays wrap up their series against the Red Sox in a morning game at 11:05 a.m. today. Blake Snell of the Rays faces Steven Wright.