Rapid Reaction: Rays 7, Red Sox 0

August, 30, 2014
8/30/14
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox were held to one hit for the third time this season and second time in nine days Saturday night by the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-0 winners before a crowd of 17,463 in Tropicana Field.

Of greater concern to the Sox was the condition of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who walked off the field in the second inning after being struck in the left side of the head by Logan Forsythe's forearm on a tag play at second base.

Pedroia had started 131 of Boston's first 134 games, and until Saturday had departed from a game with an injury just once this season, when he fouled a ball off his foot against the Rays in late May.

No announcement of Pedroia's condition was made during the game.

No suspense, one hit: The only Boston hit came in the fourth inning, a leadoff single by Will Middlebrooks, who entered the game only because Pedroia was hurt (Brock Holt shifted from third base to second). Right-hander Jake Odorizzi went the first seven innings, striking out seven.

His only jam came after he issued his first three walks of the night to load the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Xander Bogaerts (1 for his last 29) popped out to end the threat.

Lefty Jeff Beliveau worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and right-hander Kirby Yates finished off the Sox in the ninth.

Webster found wanting: Allen Webster failed to go five innings for the second straight start, charged with six runs on five hits, three walks, and two hit batsmen. He left after opening the fifth with a walk and infield hit off his glove, both runners scoring when catcher David Ross threw Brandon Guyer's bunt single into right field for a two-base error.

Shocking development: A power outage in Tropicana Field that delayed the start of Saturday night's game by 12 minutes was caused by a lightning strike at a nearby substation.

Record zeroes: The shutout was the 18th for the Rays, a club record.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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