RED SOX NOTES (68-89)
THE RED SOX dropped the series opener to the Rays, 6-2…It was their 5th consecutive loss at home since 9/7…They fell to 7-10 against Tampa Bay this season, their most losses against the Rays in a season since 2011 (12 losses).
· YOENIS CESPEDES gave the Red Sox their 37th outfield assist of the season when he threw out Yunel Escobar at home in the 3rd inning…It is the most in a single season by the club since the 1996 Red Sox also tallied 37 outfield assists…Coming into tonight, Boston’s 36 outfield assists led the AL.
CLAY BUCHHOLZ took the loss for the Red Sox, falling to 8-10 on the season…He allowed 5 runs, all in the 8th inning, to snap a streak of 29.0 scoreless innings against the Rays that began on 4/14/13.
· In his last 4 starts against TB since 4/14/13, he owns a 1.52 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) and has held them to a .165 AVG…He has a career 2.45 ERA against the club (32 ER/117.2 IP), 3rd lowest all-time (min. 100.0 IP), trailing only Mariano Rivera (1.69) and Pedro Martinez (1.99).
· He punched out Nick Franklin in the 2nd inning, tallying his 691st career strikeout, passing Joe Dobson (690) for 22nd on the Red Sox’ all-time list.
DANIEL NAVA had an RBI double in the 4th inning, putting BOS ahead, 1-0…He extended his season-long hit streak to 8 games since 9/14 (.346, 9-for-26)…It matches the longest streak of his career (also 10/3/12-4/13/13)…Over his last 12 games starting on 9/9, he is hitting .342 (13-for-38) with 8 RBI and a .405 OBP.
JEMILE WEEKS went 1-for-2 with a walk and a sac fly, and has reached base in 6 of 8 games with a PA since joining the Red Sox with a .429 OBP over that stretch.
YOENIS CÉSPEDES threw out Yunel Escobar attempting to score from 2B on a single in the 3rd inning for his 16th outfield assist of the season, and 4th in 46 games as a member of the Red Sox…Coming into tonight, his 15 assists as an outfielder led MLB.
· Céspedes was ejected after the bottom of the 8th inning by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson…It was his 1st career ejection.
CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ threw out Matt Joyce attempting to steal 2B in the 5th inning, his 14th caught stealing in 28 attempts this season (50%)…He has thrown out 3 consecutive attempted base stealers beginning on 9/18.