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Red Sox losing streak hits nine games after 15-inning walk-off loss to Rays

May 24, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

David Ross, Jake Peavy David Ross, Jake Peavy

The defending World Series champions are having a rough go of it lately. They entered Saturday’s game against the Rays having lost eight consecutive games, including Friday’s brutal 1-0 walk-off loss to the Rays. It got worse on Saturday, as the Red Sox jumped out to an early 5-0 lead against David Price, but watched that lead slip away, eventually becoming a 5-5 tie that would last into the 15th inning.

Against reliever Andrew Miller in his first inning of work, the Rays put runners on first and second with no outs on a James Loney single to center, and a bunt single by Brandon Guyer, which moved pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to second base. On a 1-2 count, Desmond Jennings hit a weak chopper back to the mound which appeared to be an easy 1-4-3 double play, or at least a 1-4 putout. Instead, Miller’s throw missed the mark and bounced into center field, allowing Figueroa to score the winning run.

For a team that has been running as bad as the Red Sox have, it really doesn’t get any more brutal than that.

Watch the walk-off loss:

The Red Sox are now 20-28, seven games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the AL East. Their -24 run differential is, at the moment, tied with the Rangers for the second-worst in the American League.

  1. uyf1950 - May 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    While it’s only natural to focus on this game extending the Red Sox losing streak the Rays pitching staff deserve kudos for 14 innings of excellent work after the first inning.

    • hittfamily - May 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      2 hits in 14 innings after the first by my count.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I am sure that the fans are as frustrated a the players. On the other hand, they can comforted in knowing that they won the World Series last year. They can retool and try again next year.

    • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Agree with this, they can still turn this around though knowin it’s still early.

      (Just me on the optimistic side, I wouldn’t keep my head high about this.)

    • 4cornersfan - May 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Unless this is the beginning of another long, terrible century where they do not win the division or reach the playoffs. Everything has gone well for them for the last few years but that kind of luck inevitably turns.

  3. zackd2 - May 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Somewhere, Boston writer Bob Ryan is writing a story about what the average fan likes.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Somewhere, Bob Ryan still hasn’t smiled in 34 years.

      • Glenn - May 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        To be fair, who among us could smile much after losing a child to suicide. In that light, he seems kind of positive.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Wow, I didn’t know that. I can understand then.

  4. hittfamily - May 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    3 straight walk off wins for the Rays. If there is anything to turn around a bad season, it’s that (and getting Alex Cobb back). At least more so than stinky 70’s perfume and snakes in the clubhouse gimmicks (don’t get me wrong though, I love the gimmicks).

    • raysfan1 - May 25, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      A little Hai Karate never hurt anyone, but I agree–if anything gets them out of the doldrums, it’s this unlikely streak and a healthy Cobb.

  5. wilmyers09 - May 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    rays are going for it we are coming

    • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Need to go above .500 first, the way the Blue Jays are performin this season, makes em a team to beat in the AL east division.

    • indaburg - May 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Simmer down, Sparky. Taking two from the reeling Red Sox is a start, but we’re still 6 games under .500 with a run differential of -21. Not good.

  6. apkyletexas - May 25, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Did HBT truly have no interest in Cole vs Strasburg today? What’s wrong with you folks? You’ve become the type of media outlet you used to despise – focusing nearly all your efforts on the big-spending clubs and the big name players in the top markets.

    • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      I’m pretty sure It’ll come out later.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      It is a national outlet. They won’t cover everything that seems noteworthy about your team….just like every other team. Although an intriguing matchup, it wasn’t a particularly noteworthy game or performance by either pitcher……and national outlets like ESPN covered the crap out of that game before and after.

  7. 1998yanks - May 25, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    It’s ok, Stephen Drew will be turn this team around soon.

  8. 1998yanks - May 25, 2014 at 2:46 AM


  9. theskinsman - May 25, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    This season is a train wreck. ,well. At least the Bosx didn’t spend a billion or so dollars in the off season only to suck…

    • sidelineshot - May 25, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      So true.

  10. proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    A couple of weeks ago, HBT posted a story by a Boston hack (I think that the hack calls himself Nick Carfado) in which the hack speculated that the Jays would be sellers of Buehrle at the trade deadline. My response was that the Red Sox were more likely to be a seller of Lester before the trade deadline. Let the Lester stories begin. After all, there is no guarantee that Lester will want to resign with the Red Sox.

    • 18thstreet - May 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Cafardo’s awful. But he’s somehow plugged in — he was calling for the Red Sox to hire Bobby Valentine almost immediately after Francona was fired. It suggests that he either has great sources or great influence.

      I don’t get it. But he can’t be ignored.

  11. nbjays - May 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    I watched that whole game on Sportsnet last night and I agree with Uyf… the Rays’ pitching staff was great. Price dominated after the rough first inning and the Red Sox couldn’t get anything going.

    To be fair to Andrew Miller, though, he did everything right on that play… caught the high bouncer and immediately whirled and fired a strike to 2nd base… where Pedroia should have been covering. Not sure where Pedroia’s head was on that play (other than up his nether regions) but on the replay, you can see he actually broke towards first when the ball was hit, like he was expecting to cover a bunt. As a result, he was scrambling to get back and cover 2nd, and didn’t make it.

    Gotta love the Boston Sports Media, though. The follow up lead-in on NESN was “Join us after the broadcast as we discuss how the Sox are inventing new and interesting ways to lose.”

  12. sidelineshot - May 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Like Bill Parcels would say – “you are what you are”
    Right now, the Red Sox are really bad.

    But, the comment by skinsman (above) is right on. The Sox don’t have any albatross contracts in their hands.

  13. sidelineshot - May 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Looking at the Red Sox payroll flexibility after this season:

    Peavy – done this year … thank you very much
    Lester – done … sign the dude
    Lackey – option for 2015 at minimum MLB salary – interesting … redo contract
    Pierzinsky – done this year
    Drew – done
    Gomes – done
    Sizemore – done

    Napoli – 1 more year
    Ortiz – 2 more years – depending on games played

    Aside from Pedroia (10 yrs), GM Cherington controls the deck.
    Ask the Yankees … they would love to have this room to maneuver.

    • zackd2 - May 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      It depends how you spin it.

      Yay payroll flexibility.
      Boo you have to replace two SP and a bunch of position players with old veterans, unproven rookies, or 100m contracts.

    • 4cornersfan - May 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      The Yankees found out that elbow room is expensive and you don’t necessarily get all of the parts you want. With the long term contracts and where teams are in the playoff picture longer, you don’t have the quality and quantity of free agent or rent-a-player that you used to get. The scouting and minor league systems are becoming more important than ever.

  14. miguelcairo - May 25, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Karma’s a bitch.

    • 18thstreet - May 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Karma suggests the team did something wrong to balance out the good luck from last year.

      So what are you talking about?

      • 4cornersfan - May 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Well, dumping Tito and Theo for one. And inflicting Bobby V on the baseball public for another.

      • 18thstreet - May 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        I agree on Tito, but they didn’t dump Theo. Theo got a promotion. It would have been pretty sleazy to NOT let him take it.

  15. jrob23 - May 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Feels like every year the Sox struggle early and as the weather warms up so do their bats. They’ve got the talent they just need health and by late August they will be right there. If not, they do have the ammunition to make moves (Smardija) to try and compete this season. If this season is lost they have probably the most ammunition (prospects, payroll) to make major moves. Us Sox fans can’t complain after winning it all. Can’t win every year

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