Boston (CBS) After having two days to rest up for a double header at Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay Rays entered the game against the Boston Red Sox and looked like they could have used another day’s rest.
The Rays’ bats were quiet all game, and Boston lefty Jon Lester allowed only three hits and one earned run through seven innings of work to give the Red Sox the 3-1 win.
Tampa Bay was able to score a run in the first inning, when Desmond Jennings belted a double then stole third base to eventually score on a ground out by Evan Longoria. But Lester found his groove after giving up a run in the first and rolled through the Rays lineup as he went on to strike out eight and walked one batter.
With the loss the Red Sox extended their lead on the Rays to 10 games and brought Tampa Bay to 64-56 on the year.
The difference in this game was the three-run homer that Jacoby Ellsbury hit in the third inning to give the Sox a comfortable lead that they would hold on to.
A late season comeback seems far less likely after each loss for the Rays, but they will have a chance to even the score with Boston tonight as they kick off the second game of the double header at 7:05 ET.