Wade Miley received a no-decision as Junichi Tazawa allowed two eighth inning runs to take the loss. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Junichi Tazawa allows 2 runs in 8th inning as Red Sox can't hold lead vs. Rays

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2015 - 12:45 pm
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Junichi Tazawa has been the Red Sox' most dependable reliever this season, but even he can have a bad day once in a while. Unfortunately for the Red Sox and Wade Miley, Tazawa allowed two eighth-inning runs in the their 4-3 loss to the Rays, spoiling a good start from Miley. With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the eighth, Evan Longoria doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's ground-rule double. Cabrera scored on a single by James Loney for the game-winning run. Tazawa picked up his fourth loss of the season. "Today you have five consecutive fastballs to Asdrubal [Cabrera], which is a little bit uncommon for him and the last one leaked over the plate," manager John Farrell said. "Even against Longoria to lead off the inning -- tried to go down and away, ball ends up back arm side and close to Evan on that particular pitch. It's been fastball location that hasn't  been as sharp in those moments." Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth inning. Things didn't get off to the best of starts for Miley. After allowing five first inning runs his last time out, Miley allowed a leadoff home run to Brandon Guyer to open the game, but quickly settled down. The left-hander retired the next seven hitters, getting into a good groove. Miley finished going 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits, while walking a batter and striking out four. Robbie Ross entered with a runner on third and two outs and after hitting a batter and a walk, he struck out Joey Butler to get out of the jam. "A very good assortment of all his pitches," Farrell said of Miley. "I thought he blended his offspeed pitches in well against the heavy right-handed hitting lineup. The 3-2 fastball that Guyer runs into to get things started, but other than that he was in command for the time he was on the mound today." The Red Sox offense got going early, as they responded to the Rays' first inning run with two of their own. Hanley Ramirez ripped a two-out double off the Monster, which scored Xander Bogaerts and then Mike Napoli followed with an RBI single. They would add another in the third on a David Ortiz double that scored Bogaerts. Following the third inning, the Red Sox put just two runners in scoring position the rest of the game. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Tazawa took the loss with allowing the two runs in the eighth. He came into the day not allowing a run over his last 4 1/3 innings. -- After his four-RBI performance Saturday, Rusney Castillo went 0-for-4. -- Brock Holt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, snapping his five-game hit streak. -- Ramirez left the game after his single in the eighth inning with an apparent knee injury. It looked like he injured it on an earlier swing where the bat flung into the stands. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Fresh off his 4-for-4, two-homer day Saturday, Travis Shaw went 2-for-4. He also made a few nice plays at third base. -- Ryan Hanigan's single in the second inning extended his hit streak to a season-high seven games. -- Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. Since May 31, he has the best average in the majors at .358.

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