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Tampa Bay Rays whiff again in 7-5 defeat by the Boston Red Sox

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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.

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

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