Clay Buchholz got off to a rough start, allowing four runs in the first inning. He walked Rays leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings to start the game. Carlos Pena then doubled to drive in Jennings. Following two quick outs, Bucchholz walked Ben Zobrist. Luke Scott then hit a three run home run to stake Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson.to a four run lead. Scott provided the Rays only other offense of the day with an RBI double in the third inning. After his shaky start, Buchholz pitched well, finishing with seven innings pitched, five runs on six hits and three walks and five strike outs.
Rays Starter Jeremy Hellickson. last season’s AL Rookie of the Year, lasted just five innings allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks with just one strikeout. Of Hellickson’s seven hits, three were home runs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two run shot in the second inning and Dustin Pedroia added a solo shot in the third. In the fifth inning, David Ortiz spearheaded the Red Sox come back, as he has done so often in his time with the club, blasting a two run home run into the Red Sox bullpen to tie the game. Hellickson escaped that inning, but the comeback ended his day. Burke Badenhop relieved Hellickson and took the loss. Badenhop gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Mike Aviles. The Red Sox shortstop was batting lead-off in the wake of Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury. He got just enough of a Badenhop slider to send it into the monster seats.
After Aviles go-ahead homer, the Red Sox put the game out of reach. Cody Ross contributed a two run double in the sixth and a two run home run in the eighth. Ortiz drove in three more runs in the eighth inning with a double to the opposite field. Working in a non-save situation, Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves threw a perfect eighth with two strike outs.
The Red Sox face the Rays in game three of the four game series today, Sunday, April 15, 2012at 1:35 PM. Felix Doubront makes his second start of the season against Rays left-handed rookie sensation Matt Moore.