SCORE: Rays 8, Red Sox 4
BREAKDOWN: The loss snapped the Sox’ four-game road winning streak. Allen Webster gave up three runs (two earned) over four innings on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. The Sox were held scoreless on just two hits over the first six innings, a third-inning single by Jonathan Herrera and sixth-inning double by Jackie Bradley, Jr.
THUMBS UP: Herrera had one of the three hits off Rays ace lefthander David Price, and made a nice play, diving to his right and throwing out Yunel Escobar to end the third.
THUMBS DOWN: Webster struggled, as did Drake Britton, who went 1⅔ innings, giving up five runs on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout.
MEDICAL REPORT: Will Middlebrooks, who missed the two previous games with a hyperextended right ring finger, left after the second inning. He said he didn’t further aggravate the injury but will be examined again Monday . . . Manager John Farrell said he had not had a chance to talk with Grady Sizemore Sunday morning, but the outfielder came through his eight innings of work in center field Saturday night without a problem. It was the longest Sizemore, who is attempting make his way back into baseball after being sidelined by injuries for more than two years, has gone into a game this spring.
AROUND THE BASES: Deven Marrerro went 1 for 3 with a ninth-inning home run, his first of the spring, off righthander Juan Sandoval . . . The Sox committed two errors and now have 16 in 18 games . . . The game set an attendance record of 7,852 at Charlotte Sports Park, surpassing the 7,834 who were on hand March 19, 2010, against the Yankees . . . This was the only game at Charlotte Sports Park with instant replay available. It was not used in the game.
NEXT GAME: The Sox host the Cardinals Monday at 1:05. Righthander John Lackey will be opposed by righthander Shelby Miller in a game that will be on ESPN and WEEI-FM.