Extra innings too much in Rays’ defeat

by Gary Shelton on May 15, 2024

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Josh Lowe had homer, double./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

One thing is certain with major league’s baseball silly little ghost runner rule.

When a game gets into extra innings, a team had better score.

The Rays lost a 5-4, 12-inning game to Boston Tuesday night, repeatedly squandering its chances in extra innings. Three times, the Rays started an inning with a designated runner in scoring position. They scored only once — on an error — and left five men on base.

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The Red Sox won he game on a walk-off single by Roy Gonzalez in the 12th.

For the night, the Rays were two-for-six with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Rays’ batters struck out 15 times.

Tampa Bay got home runs by Josh Lowe and Randy Arozarena. Isaac Paredes drove in a run with a soft single to right.

Lowe, Paredes And Amed Rosario all had two hits.

Aaron Civale gave up five hits and three runs in five innings. The Rays used seven pitchers, who combined for 14 strikeouts.

The Rays and Red Sox play again today at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park. Taj Bradley will start for the Rays against Tanner Houck.

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