David Ortiz offered a measured look at the Red Sox situation after their 9-2 loss to the Rays Thursday night. It was a defeat which cut the Sox' Wild Card lead to three games with 13 to go in the regular season.
"I mean, you turn everything you've got right now," said the Red Sox designated hitter, who managed two of the Sox' six hits. "[Kevin] Youkilis is playing injured. I went out there today and I'm not 100 percent, yet. You saw [Adrian Gonzalez] yesterday, his leg tightened up on him. He went out there and played today. Those are the kind of things that you can't do more than that. You've just got to deal with it. You don't see nobody trying to shut it down.
"We know we've got to win some games. That's why you see myself and other trying to play, even through injuries. We know we're running out of time."
Ortiz, who said his back was somewhat stiff before the game but had loosened up to almost 100 percent by game's end, would also give a tremendous amount of credit to the Rays' pitchers. It is a Tampa Bay staff that has now beaten the Red Sox six straight times.
In 15 games against the Sox this season, the Rays' starters have allowed more than three runs just once, with Jeremy Hellickson giving up one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday night.
"They have great pitching," he said. "Even the young guys they called up, making pitches, spotting pitches. How they do it, I don’t know man. You’ve got to give credit to the organization for the way they developed their pitching. I’ve been watching that for years and to be honest with you, it’s impressive."
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