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BOSTON - APRIL 16:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he strikes out against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 16, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he strikes out against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 16, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's hard to call it any other way. With 0 outs and the bases loaded, the Red Sox could not score a single run in the 11th inning. David Ortiz grounded into a fielders choice at home, and Adrian Beltre grounded into a double play, allowing the Rays to extend and then win it in the 12th 3-1. All the team needed was a single walk or hit, even a fairly deep fly ball would have gotten the job done. Instead, they got nothing.

 

This was not the only failing for the home team tonight. While Josh Beckett pitched a spectacular game, an error by Marco Scutaro kept the third inning going. The next batter hit a high-chopper to Adrian Beltre, who lost the ball in the lights, allowing the Rays' only run in regulation to score.

 

The failure was not confined to the players, either. In the bottom of the 6th, with the game tied, 0 outs, and Kevin Youkilis at first, David Ortiz lined a 2-2 fastball into the corner in right. Tim Bogar inexplicably chose to send Youkilis home, where he was tagged out. Instead of a 1st or 2nd and 3rd situation with nobody out, the Red Sox had 1 out and David Ortiz at 2nd, where he would be stranded.

 

Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon both turned in scoreless innings of relief, while Daniel Bard looked downright dominant in the 10th and 11th. It was Manny Delcarmen who, somewhat predictably, allowed the 2-out 2-run game winning shot to Pat Burrell in the 12th.

 

The Sox play the Rays again tonight, but it's hard to imagine that any result could wash away the stink of this one.