Twenty-four hours after being named to the all-star team, reliever Brad Boxberger of the Tampa Bay Rays looked like anything but.
Boxberger had a rough time of it in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, giving up a grand slam homer to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando of the Kansas City Royals as the Rays’ gave up their third walk-off defeat of this road trip. Boxberger had given up singles to Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios and a walk to Omar Infante to load the bases with one out. Orlando then hit a changeup over the left-field fence for the homer.
For the Rays, Matt Moore had his second start, and it was a rough afternoon, too. Moore gave up four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and hit two batters.
The Rays tied the score in the top of the ninth when Kevin Kiermaier hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
The teams were to play another game later Tuesday.