A home run from Jose Iglesias was not enough for the Red Sox, who dropped their Grapefruit League opener 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays got off to a quick start against John Lackey who, making his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John Surgery after the 2011 season, looked every bit his old self. He walked the first batter he faced, gave up a sharp ground ball single to the second, and then plunked the third to load the bases. Having got past the top three of Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings, and Matt Joyce, however, Lackey saw the Tampa Bay lineup thin considerably, managing to strike Jack Cust out and get two fly balls from Ryan Roberts and Sean Rodriguez to hold the Rays to just a run. The second run for the Rays would come less due to poor pitching than poor play behind the plate. While Drake Britton was to blame for the leadoff double from Desmond Jennings, a dropped pop-up in foul territory behind third and an airmailed throw on a stolen base attempt--both by Jarrod Saltalamacchia--cost the Sox an out and allowed Jennings to come home and score the second run of the game for the Rays.
Jose Iglesias' Homer Not Enough As Red Sox Fall To Rays, 4-3
Over The Monster | Feb 24