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Rays walk-off against Red Sox; Boston skid at 8

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cole Figueroa's first big league RBI was a big one.

Figueroa had a pinch-hit, run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

"It was kind of last minute," said Figueroa, who was told by bench coach Dave Martinez about the upcoming at-bat. "Davey came over and said `If the righty comes in, we're going to pinch hit, and you're going to go up and win the game for us.'"

Desmond Jennings drew a one-out walk in the ninth off Andrew Miller (1-3). Right-hander Burke Badenhop entered and, after Jennings stole second on a pitchout, Figueroa drove in the winning run on a drive to right-center.

"That's a great moment for him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It was a great moment for us."

The 26-year old Figueroa had his contract purchased from Triple-A Durham May 14 and made his major-league debut two days later.

Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-0), the third Tampa Bay reliever, pitched the ninth and got the win. It was his first victory since Aug. 1, 2011 with Miami when he was known as Leo Nunez.

John Lackey gave up five hits, including three by Evan Longoria, in seven-plus shutout innings for the Red Sox, who have lost eight in a row. Boston has scored just 16 runs during its longest skid since dropping the final eight games of the 2012 season.

"We're not playing very good right now," Lackey said. "You can't really point finger at one person, one area. We've had nights where everybody hasn't played up to his capability. We just have to put a ballgame together and pay better."

Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer struck out 11, walked four and scattered four hits over six scoreless innings.

Red Sox manager John Farrell tweaked his lineup, which failed early on Friday to get a key hit as Boston couldn't score after getting two on with two outs in the first, second and fifth innings.

"We put guys on base and were not able to cash in once again" Farrell said.

Brock Holt hit leadoff for the second time this season. Dustin Pedroia made his second appearance batting third, with regular third- and fourth-place hitters David Ortiz and Mike Napoli both moving down one spot.

Ortiz stopped an 0-for-17 slide with an opposite-field broken-bat ground single to left in the first.

Farrell said second-place hitter Xander Bogaerts could bat leadoff against left-handed starters.

Lackey worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the both the first and sixth by getting grounders from Wil Myers and James Loney.

Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left in the ninth with right hamstring tightness. He appeared to get hurt running to first base.

Notes

Maddon talked with RHP Grant Balfour one day after the closer voiced displeasure with fans who booed him after a blown save Thursday. "I emphasized the point that it's important he says what he wants to say, and then I gave him my take on everything beyond that," Maddon said. "But in no way would I try to muzzle any of our guys." ... Red Sox SS Stephen Drew was optioned to Single-A Greenville to start a stretch of nine or 10 minor league games. He went 1 for 2 and played five innings of defense Friday. ... Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (broken right index finger) had X-rays taken to see how the healing process is progressing ... Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront (strained left shoulder) is ready to start a light throwing program. ... Rays LHP David Price (4-4) and Boston RHP Jake Peavy (1-2) are Saturday's scheduled starters. ... Rays 3B coach Tom Foley wore Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer's uniform No. 66. Zimmer is recovering from heart surgery last month.

 
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The Rays celebrate Cole Figueroa's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth against the skidding Red Sox.  (USATSI)
The Rays celebrate Cole Figueroa's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth against the skidding Red Sox. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lackey
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
Tampa Bay

C. Archer
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 11
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, 3B4010002 .326
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000031 .275
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2000211 .275
David Ortiz, DH3010111 .276
Mike Napoli, 1B4000025 .260
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010020 .258
Shane Victorino, RF4000001 .242
   Jonny Gomes, PR-RF0000000 .242
Grady Sizemore, LF-CF3010111 .221
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF3010011 .204
   a-Mike Carp, PH-LF1000001 .268
John Lackey, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals32050411  
a-grounded out for Bradley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brock Holt (3, Archer)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Brock Holt (4, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey 7500130 3.58
Junichi Tazawa 0.1000000 2.66
Andrew Miller (L,1-3) 1011110 2.91
Burke Badenhop 0100000 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 108-65, Junichi Tazawa 4-3, Andrew Miller 12-8, Burke Badenhop 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 14-5, Junichi Tazawa 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Junichi Tazawa 1, Andrew Miller 4, Burke Badenhop 1
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, DH4010000 .262
Evan Longoria, 3B4030001 .262
Matt Joyce, LF2010101 .281
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH-LF1000001 .196
Wil Myers, RF4000013 .232
James Loney, 1B4000004 .302
Desmond Jennings, CF3100110 .236
Sean Rodriguez, 2B2000010 .229
   b-Cole Figueroa, PH1011000 .250
Yunel Escobar, SS3000011 .261
Ryan Hanigan, C3000001 .222
Chris Archer, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   Juan Carlos Oviedo, P0000000 .000
Totals3116124  
a-flied out for Joyce in the 8th
b-doubled for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cole Figueroa (1, Badenhop)
SH - Sean Rodriguez (1)
RBI - Cole Figueroa (1)
SB - Desmond Jennings (10, 2nd base off Badenhop/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer 64004110 4.11
Jake McGee 1000000 1.27
Joel Peralta 1000000 4.64
Juan Carlos Oviedo (W,1-0) 1100000 1.72
IBB - Ortiz by Chris Archer
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 119-69, Jake McGee 5-4, Joel Peralta 15-8, Juan Carlos Oviedo 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 2-5, Jake McGee 1-2, Joel Peralta 2-1, Juan Carlos Oviedo 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 26, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 3, Juan Carlos Oviedo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20898
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Stuart Scheurwater, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Adrian Johnson