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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Aceves Taken Deep in Ninth, Red Sox Lose 4-3

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27:  Sean Rodriguez #1 of the...
BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Sean Rodriguez #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off of Alfredo Aceves #91 of the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning at Fenway Park May 27, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Rodriguez was ruled safe on a close play at second base. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Of all the encouraging events that have taken place at Fenway in recent weeks, Alfredo Aceves' developing into a dependable ninth inning option was on the top of the list. Monday in Boston, the first year closer had his first mishap since the beginning of April.

Clay Buchholz was at the opposite end of the spectrum for the majority of this season, but on Sunday, he put together his best start of the season.

The first run allowed by the righty was on a Ben Zobrist groundout and the second was an RBI single off the bat of Will Rhymes. There were times when Buchholz was in trouble but he did a good job of limiting the damage. In total he allowed 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K in 7 IP.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Red Sox were down 2-0 until Adrian Gonzalez ripped a homer with Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz on base. It was just his fourth of the season, but the opposite field power was encouraging for Gonzo.

Alfredo Aceves came in with the score 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, looking for his 12th save of the season, but instead ended up with his third blown save and second loss.

After allowing a leadoff walk to Ben Zobrist and then getting Luke Scott to pop out to shortstop, Sean Rodriguez hit his fifth homer of the season to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.

A night after Fernando Rodney allowed a walk-off homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Rays closer pitched a perfect ninth inning to lock down a series win and yet again push the Red Sox under .500, something that's happened quite frequently.

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