Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (20-26)||RAYS (20-28)|
|Holt 3B||DeJesus DH|
|Bogaerts SS||Longoria 3B|
|Pedroia 2B||Joyce LF|
|Ortiz DH||Myers RF|
|Napoli 1B||Loney 1B|
|Pierzynski C||Jennings CF|
|Victorino RF||Rodriguez 2B|
|Sizemore LF||Escobar SS|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Hanigan C|
|Pitching: RHP John Lackey (5-3, 4.01).||Pitching: RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59).|
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Archer: Pedroia 1-10, Napoli 1-8, Ortiz 3-8, Victorino 2-6, Pierzynski 1-5, Bogaerts 0-1, Bradley 0-1, Carp 1-2, Sizemore 0-1, Gomes 0-1.
Rays vs. Lackey: Longoria 11-36, DeJesus 6-27, Escobar 10-21, Joyce 7-22, Loney 7-22, Jennings 4-18, Molina 2-15, Myers 2-6, Rodriguez 2-5, Forsythe 0-4, Hanigan 1-3.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox would have to go 70-46 the rest of the season to win 90 games.
The wreckage: The Red Sox are hitting .228/.276/.320 in their seven-game losing streak with only 16 runs scored. They have a 4.95 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in that time. Their starters have a 7.23 ERA in the losing steak, allowing nine home runs in 37.1 innings.
Is anything going well? Xander Bogaerts is up to .282/.378/.417 on the season. He is 12 of his last 29 with five extra-base hits.
Not even you, Big Papi: David Ortiz is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He is 3 of his last 26 with no extra-base hits, RBIs or runs.
Give us some hope: The Sox are five games out with 116 to play.
Other notes: Lackey is 13-7, 4.27 in 22 career starts against the Rays. He beat them on April 29 at Fenway, allowing two runs over eight innings. … Archer faced the Red Sox on May 1 and allowed five runs over 4.2 innings. He walked five and allowed three hits. He has a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the Sox. … The Sox are 10-9 on the road. … Burke Badenhop has gone 17.1 innings without allowing an earned run in his last 14 appearances.
Song of the Day: “Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.