Tampa Bay, coming off a 1-5 road trip to Baltimore and New York, fell short to the Red Sox this past Monday night. Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs and Aaron Cook stopped his five-game losing streak. The Rays dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees and 5 games behind the Orioles. In the last seven games, the Rays have scored just 21 runs.
Joe Maddon, manager of the Rays commented, “This has been ongoing… This is a seasonal misadventure. We’ve been able to remain solvent because our pitching has been so good.”
Though Tampa Bay leads the AL with a 3.27 ERA, they continue to slip out of playoff contention. This pressure has been creating some tension in the dugout.
Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb and catcher Jose Molina got into a heated discussion after the top of the sixth just after Boston took a 2-1 advantage.
Molina chose not to comment. Cobb, however, said, “We’re both really into that game, and we needed to win that game. I honestly don’t really know what the argument was about, still. We’ll work things out. We’ll talk about it tomorrow, or whatever, and leave it behind us.”
Maddon also commented, “I’m not unhappy. That’s overblown sometimes. That can actually be a good thing. It’s fine right now. We discussed everything. It’s all good.”
The Ray’s Cobb allowed one base runner through five innings. He also made a nice defensive play to end the second in which he grabbed a hard grounder by Ryan Lavarnway and threw the catcher out at first.
As for the Red Sox, Ellsbury hit a two-run homer in the sixth and added an RBI single during a three-run seventh for the Red Sox. Cook allowed one run and five hits over six innings in his first win since August 6.
Though eliminated from the playoff contention, the Sox are not slowing down. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said, “For five innings it looked like we didn’t have any gas in our tank, and then Iggy ignited us a little bit and Ells took a lot of time in between pitches and hit a 3-1 pitch, and he gave us the lead.”
Saltalamacchia walked to start the seventh and Cobb was taken out after James Loney singled. Ben Zobrist misplayed a grounder for an error, Lavarnway reached against Burke Badenhop and with no outs, Boston loaded the bases.
Mauro Gomez then hit a two-run single off J.P. Howell and Ellsbury made it 5-1 scoring a single.
In the end, Boston took home the win 5-2. Cook commented, “We played really well tonight, and it’s nice to shake hands after a game.”