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Rays struggle against Aceves, lose 5-1 to Boston

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MATTHEW CARROLL | June 18, 2013 09:22 PM EST | AP


BOSTON — Wil Myers had an uneventful day in his major league debut. Same for the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays, who just couldn't figure out Alfredo Aceves.

Tampa Bay managed just six hits against Aceves and four relievers, losing 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader that was delayed nearly three hours by rain and lightning.

Aceves (4-1) allowed one run and three hits in five innings while defeating Chris Archer for the second time in less than a week. The right-hander also pitches six effective innings in a 2-1 victory against the Rays on Wednesday.

Aceves, who has won each of his last three starts, was limited to 75 pitches when the game was delayed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. He struck two and walked three.

"We've had a hard time with him, period," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We had him on the ropes, finally, with all the walks and he was all over the place and we let him up."

Myers, one of the majors' most highly touted prospects, went 0 for 4 in his first game.

"It was awesome," he said. "First time in the big leagues was really cool. I was a little anxious there, swinging at the first pitch. Usually I don't swing at that one."

Myers managed to check out Fenway Park's hand-operated scoreboard in left field before batting practice and added his signature to the wall.

"It was really cool to see all those signatures in there," he said.

Tampa Bay had a chance for a big inning in the second, but only managed one run on Luke Scott's RBI double. Aceves walked the first two batters, and then issued a one-out walk to Jose Molina that loaded the bases.

He managed to limit the damage by getting Yunel Escobar to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"I just felt we were chasing some pitches out of the zone for outs," Maddon said. "We had that opportunity in the second inning and it got away."

Archer (1-3) was charged with four runs, three earned, and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.

David Ortiz drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who had lost four of six.

The rain delay in the fifth inning came in the makeup of an April 12 rainout.

The Red Sox invited fans who stuck out Tuesday's first game to return for the second for free. The opener ended after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time for the nightcap – by that point, with little turnaround time, Game 2 fans were already wandering into Fenway Park.

Boston led 4-1 when the downpour began and added a run in the sixth on back-to-back triples by Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino.

Ellsbury also doubled and singled, and he scored all three times he reached base.

Archer walked Daniel Nava to load the bases with two outs in the fifth and that was it for him. Josh Lueke came in and had just started warming up when the rain arrived and the game was put on hold. Almost three hours later, Lueke struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning.

Ortiz hit a two-run single in the third.

NOTES: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday in Baltimore. He had started the team's first 70 games this season. ... Boston 1B Mike Napoli also returned to the lineup after missing the past three games because of an illness. ... At 22 years, 190 days old, Myers became the youngest player to make his MLB debut in right field at Fenway Park since Boston's Dwight Evans did so at 20 years, 318 days on Sept. 16, 1972.