The Boston Red Sox suffered a dissapointing loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night by the score of 5-4.  The three game series against the Rays is going to be a very big one as far as the standings go.  With the loss on Monday night, the Rays are now up 1.5 games on the Red Sox in the division.

Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson lasted six inning as he gave up five hits and four runs.  Five walks and two home runs really hurt Masterson as he took the loss in the game to fall to 4-2 on the season.  B.J. Upton and Gabe Gross both took Masterson deep in the game.

Chris Smith gave up three walks and one run in only 1/3 of an inning.  Javier Lopez was then called in to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings of the game.  Lopez did a good job by holding the Rays at five runs.

Mike Lowell had a rbi single in the fourth inning and then J.D. Drew hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.  Drew is swinging a very hot bat this month, and could very well be the player of the month the way he swung the bat in June.  The Sox just ran into James Shields who was wheeling and dealing on the mound.

The Sox did make it interesting in the ninth inning as they scored two runs off of Troy Percival and had the tying run on third base when Julio Lugo came to bat against J.P. Howell. However Lugo  Brandon Moss and Jason Varitek both had rbi’s for the Red Sox in the ninth inning as they came up big. 

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on June 30th, 2008
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