That's what she said...
In yet another battle of attrition, the Rays came out on top. Their bullpen lasted longer, their hitters got the big knock. The Sox are 2-12 in Tampa Bay their last 14 games down there.
This was a freak game that could have gone either way. Both Jon Lester and Matt Garza were terrific. Garza only made two mistakes, which were launched out of the park by Youkilis and Pedroia. Lester handed a 2-1 lead to the bullpen, which Bard surrendered. After that, both teams squandered opportunities, but you knew by the 13th that Tampa Bay had the advantage.
It's a shame, because this is a game that could spark the Rays on a run and get them back into the divisional race. And it could've been a game that snuffed out their season.
The struggling Brad Penny faces the struggling David Price Wednesday night, so don't expect another pitcher's duel.
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