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Rays lose another to Red Sox despite good start, rally

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The good start is but a memory. The comeback is just a detail.

For the Tampa Bay Rays, the loss is just the latest one.

The Rays dropped an 8-6 decision to the Boston Red Sox Thursday, allowing two runs in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 6-6 tie. The Rays are 20 games under .500 at 56-76 as they return home to face the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead behind a two-run homer by Logan Forsythe and a solo shot by Logan Morrison, but they couldn’t hold it. Henley Ramirez hit a grand slam in the fifth to give Boston its first lead.

But the Rays came back from being behind 6-4 when Forsythe singled to center.

However, in the bottom of the eighth, Erasmo Ramirez gave up three hits, including a run-scoring single by Aaron Hill and a run-scoring double by Jackie Bradley Jr. for the win.

Forsythe had four RBIs and Kevin Kiermaier had three hits for the Rays.

Ramirez fell to 7-10 with the loss.

For the Rays, Alex Cobb makes his season debut Friday at the Trop against Toronto after returning from injury.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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