Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game with the Rays in the first inning with a left shoulder sprain. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox lose Hanley Ramirez, bats go silent in loss to Rays

Ryan Hannable
May 04, 2015 - 6:21 pm
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Things just aren't going the Red Sox' way right now. On a night where Clay Buchholz overcame a tough first two innings where he allowed four runs, the right-hander settled down going 6 1/3 innings and allowing five runs, but the Red Sox' bats couldn't come through as they fell to the Rays 5-1. It was the second straight series opening loss for the team, who opened the year winning seven straight. The result wasn't even the worst news of the night, as Hanley Ramirez left the game in the first inning after running into the wall with what the team called a left shoulder sprain. With two outs in the top of the first James Loney lofted a ball down the left field line, which Ramirez ran hard after and simultaneously caught the ball and hit the padded wall jarring the ball out. The play went for a double and Ramirez immediately left the game. Evan Longoria followed with a double of his own, and then David DeJesus singled to give the Rays a 2-0 lead. "I felt good," said Buchholz. "I felt good the first two innings. Left a change up up, it's unfortunately with Hanley out there. Definitely don't want to lose him for an extended period of time. Whenever things aren't going good you don't get breaks. We're scuffling a little bit right now, but we have a lot of good players in here. Pretty confident we'll bounce back." Joey Butler hit his first major league home run in the second inning, a two-run shot, putting the Rays up 4-0. Buchholz did settle down after that, as he went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out seven. In hindsight, if Ramirez could have held onto the ball, it would have saved Buchholz two runs. "I felt like I settled in fairly decent," said Buchholz. "There were a lot of pitches I didn't feel like I got the benefit of the doubt on on the strike zone, but you can't let that affect you. There's going to be a lot of times thats the way you feel about it. For the most part I felt like I threw the ball well, the line doesn't show for it and the loss is not good either." The Red Sox scored their lone run of the game in the second inning on back-to-back triples by Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts. Both were to right field, where Steven Souza Jr. had difficulty playing the ball. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. The right-hander went seven innings allowing one run on seven hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Ramirez left the game in the top of the first inning after running into the wall down the left field line. His shoulder went hard into the padding. The team announced it as a left shoulder sprain. -- Junichi Tazawa allowed his first inherited runner of the year to score in the seventh in relief of Buchholz. He allowed the first three batters he faced to reach, including two walks, but he didn't allow any of his own batters to score. -- Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and he grounded into a double play when the Red Sox looked like they were starting a rally in the sixth with two men on and no out. He entered Monday 11-for-23 on the homestand. -- After hitting a homer Sunday night, Mike Napoli's struggles continued as he went 0-for-4. His average is down to .159 on the year. -- The Red Sox finished the game 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Dustin Pedroia doubled in the first inning to extend his hit streak to eight games. He's hitting .400 in that span. -- Holt seemed to break out of his mini 1-for-14 slump as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. -- Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless eighth inning, working around a two-out double, and followed that with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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