ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Jeremy Hellickson pitched six solid
innings, Luke Scott had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the Tampa
Bay Rays beat Boston 2-1 on Wednesday night, snapping the Red Sox’s
five-game winning streak.
Hellickson (4-0) allowed one run and five hits en route to
winning a career-best sixth consecutive decision, dating to Sept.
4. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.
Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes left in the eighth inning
after being hit by a pitch near his right elbow. While standing at
first base he gestured that he wanted to come out of the game, took
a couple of steps and collapsed into the arms of first base coach
George Hendrick. Trainers worked on Rhymes in the coach’s box
before he was assisted to a utility cart and left the field.
After Jake McGee and Joel Peralta both threw a scoreless inning,
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Clay Buchholz (4-2) gave up two runs and six hits over five-plus
innings for Boston. Buchholz, who took a grounder off his leg
during the sixth, had allowed four or more runs in all seven of his
previous starts this season.
Matt Joyce opened the sixth with an infield single that went off
Buchholz’s lower leg. He went to third on a single by Carlos Pena.
Andrew Miller replaced Buchholz and gave up Scott’s sacrifice fly
that put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1.
The Rays, winners of four straight, loaded the bases with two
outs later in the sixth, but Miller struck out Elliot Johnson on a
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the second when Buchholz was called
for a balk on a pickoff move to first with runners on the corners
and two outs. Pena, who had a leadoff single, scored on the play.
The Red Sox wound up with three balks overall.
Daniel Nava’s fourth-inning RBI single got Boston even at 1-all.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said left-hander Felix Doubront,
who was hit on the ear by a ball during batting practice Tuesday,
was cleared to make his start Thursday.
Meanwhile, Boston left-hander Rich Hill left the field after
being struck by a ball in batting practice before Wednesday night’s
game. The team said Hill is OK.
NOTES: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey (right thumb) is set to
resume throwing next week. … Boston 3B Kevin Youkilis (lower
back) started a rehab assignment as the DH with Triple-A Pawtucket
and could play in the field Friday. … Valentine doesn’t believe
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (right elbow), scheduled to start for
Pawtucket Thursday, is close to pitching in the majors. … Rays 3B
Evan Longoria (left hamstring) took batting practice, but has not
started running. … Red Sox LF Carl Crawford (left wrist) could
start swinging a bat next week. … The Rays acquired OF Rich
Thompson from Philadelphia for minor league OF Kyle Hudson.
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