Hellickson, Rays handcuff Red Sox
BOSTON — Jeremy Hellickson threw six effective innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-2, Wednesday night at Fenway Park, salvaging one win in the three-game series.
Hellickson (5-3) gave up two runs on seven hits with no walks, four strikeouts, two wild pitches and a balk.
Four Rays relievers combined to throw three no-hit innings, with Fernando Rodney getting the final out in a non-save situation.
Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster (4-8) went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Tampa Bay took the lead for good on Ben Zobrist’s fifth-inning RBI single that broke a 2-2 tie. Jose Molina led off with a single and took second on a two-out walk to Desmond Jennings before scoring on Zobrist’s hit.
Evan Longoria hit a run-scoring single in the seventh, and Wil Myers followed with a two-run double for his first major league RBIs.
The Rays got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the first inning. Jennings hit a solo home run, his ninth of the season, with one out. Zobrist followed with a single, took third on Evan Longoria’s single and scored on James Loney’s sacrifice fly.
Boston got a run in the second when David Ortiz led off with a double, moved to third on Mike Napoli’s groundout and scored on Jonny Gomes’ infield single.
The Red Sox tied the score 2-2 in the fourth when Gomes’ single knocked in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had hit a two-out double.
Notes: After catching all 18 innings of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Saltalamacchia was behind the plate again Wednesday for the series finale. ... The Red Sox announced the signing of LHP Trey Ball, their first pick in this year’s draft. ... Despite his struggles, RHP Andrew Bailey remains the Red Sox’s closer, manager John Farrell said. ... Boston C David Ross, who is on the seven-day disabled list, will travel to Pittsburgh today to be examined by concussion specialist Michael Collins. Ross took a foul tip off his mask in Friday’s game in Baltimore. It is the second time this season he has been on the concussion DL. ... Red Sox 1B/OF Mike Carp was unavailable again for defense. He left Sunday’s game in Baltimore with cramping in his right hamstring. ... Rays LHP David Price is expected to make his first rehab start Friday for Class A Charlotte (Port Charlotte, Fla.). He has been on the DL since May 16 with a left triceps strain. Price suffered a setback when he felt soreness after throwing a simulated game during the Rays last home game.