Rapid Reaction: Rays 5, Red Sox 2
September, 25, 2012
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- There’s now only one game remaining on the home portion of the 2012 schedule for the Boston Red Sox after the club lost Tuesday night to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2, at Fenway Park.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz worked six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The right-hander fell to 11-7 this season with a 4.22 ERA. He hasn’t posted a victory since Aug. 16, a span of seven starts with an 0-4 record.
On the other side, Tampa starter David Price provided a complete game and allowed only two runs on seven hits. The left-hander struck out a season-high 13 batters and did not allow a walk to improve to 19-5.
Boston drops to 69-86 and has lost five of its last six games.
PRICE DOMINANT: Price became the first opposing left-hander with at least 13 strikeouts and no walks at Fenway Park. The only Red Sox lefty to do that is Bruce Hurst, who struck out 14 with no walks on May 16, 1986.
Here are the other opposing pitchers (all right-handers) to pull it off:
July 12, 1997 Roger Clemens, Tor. 16 Ks
Sept 24, 2000 Mike Mussina, Bal. 15 Ks
Sept. 2, 2001 Mike Mussina, NYY 13 Ks
Red Sox right-handers to do it are Clemens (four times), Pedro Martinez (three times), Hideo Nomo and Jim Lonborg.
ONE LAST CELEBRATION: After the Red Sox honored the 2004 World Series team prior to Tuesday’s game as part of a season-long tribute to the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the club will hold one last celebration on Wednesday when it honors the all-time Fenway Park team. The Red Sox will recognize the greatest players in Fenway Park history as determined by fan voting.
MAN OF THE YEAR: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was named the BoSox Club Man of the Year, an award given each year by the official booster club of the Red Sox. The award recognizes a team member not only for his contributions on the field, but also for their efforts in the community.
UP NEXT: Left-hander Jon Lester (9-13, 4.96 ERA) will start the last home game of the season for the Red Sox on Wednesday night, while the Rays send Alex Cobb (9-9, 4.27) to the mound.