Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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BoSox 3, Rays 1: Hellickson losses 6th straight decision
Posted Jul 14, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The momentum gained in their come-from-behind win in the final game of the first half didn’t carry over to Friday night when the Rays opened the second half of the schedule with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Red Sox.
It was the 10th loss in their last 15 games and 13th in their last 20.
What’s more, it prevented the Rays from moving past the Orioles and into the Wild Card spot.
Here are some odds and ends …
—Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson fell to 3-6 after losing his sixth straight decision over his past eight starts. That’s tied with Andy Sonnanstine for the second-longest such streak since 2008. James Shields lost seven in a row in 2009.
Hellickson, who began the season 4-0, has not won since May 16 against the Red Sox.
—Ben Zobrist had a pair of doubles in four at-bats to raise his average to .353 since June 7. Zobrist has 16 extra-base hits in 29 games. He has 12 multi-hit games, putting 54 points on his average during this stretch.
—J.P. Howell pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning without allowing a run. It was his 10th straight scoreless appearance. Prior to that, Howell allowed 11 runs in eight innings.
—The Rays struck out 11 times. They have struck out at least 10 times in 27 games this season. That’s the second-highest total on the AL behind the Orioles, who have done it 31 times.