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Rays could have used Jepsen after bullpen blows lead in 7-5 loss to Boston

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BOSTON — On the day reliever was traded to Minnesota for a pair of prospects, the Tampa Bay Rays' middle relief faltered.

, one of several pitchers picked by manager to fill in for Jepsen, gave up a go-ahead, two-run home run to in the seventh inning as the Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-5 win Friday night.

Tampa Bay committed three errors in the game, two in Boston's three-run first.

"This game appeared to be decided the way it was going early on," Cash said. "We're not good enough, and I don't know of any teams that are, to give up extra outs and that's what we did tonight."

The Red Sox had already blown two leads when McGee (0-1) walked on 11 pitches with two outs in the seventh inning. Napoli turned a one-run deficit into a 6-5 lead with a drive that landed on the ledge atop the 37-foot-high wall.

"It was where I wanted it. I got it up and away," McGee said. "I like to go up and away a lot and high, and he got the bat to it and kind of almost hit a fly ball to left field and it hit the ledge on the wall, so can't do much about it."

Tampa Bay put a pair of runners on to open its half of the eighth, but flied out and grounded into an inning-ending double play.

(2-3) earned the win despite allowing 's two-run double that gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead in the seventh. pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

Another subject of trade talks, , had two hits for Boston. also had a pair of hits for the Red Sox, doubling with one out in the eighth and scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.

Boston scored three runs in the first thanks to a wild pitch and two errors. The Rays tied it in the third and, after giving the lead back in the fifth on a double by de Aza, went ahead in the seventh on Jaso's pinch-double.

The teams entered with 9-15 records in July — tied for the worst in the majors for the month. For the Rays, it was their worst July ever.

PAPI POWER

Ortiz was 0-for-3 with a walk. But, oh, what a walk.

Cash said Ortiz, who is 2 for 8 with two walks in his career against the McGee, took advantage of his experience against the Rays lefty.

"This is a guy that's seen a ton of at-bats," Cash said. "They've had this match-up plenty of times, and tip your cap to David. It was an excellent at-bat."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: LHP (torn left labrum) was sent on a rehab assignment to Single-A Charlotte. OF (left knee bursitis) will rehab at Triple-A Durham.

Red Sox: OF (left shin) and 3B (left forearm) got the game off. Both will be evaluated again on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Rays: Left-hander (1-2) starts Saturday. The Rays will add a player to replace OF , optioned to Triple-A Durham after the game.

Red Sox: (2-6) will try to win for the first time since June 6.

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' Mikie Mahtook, left, scores on a two-run double by John Jaso as Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart bobbles the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Tampa Bay Rays' Mikie Mahtook, left, scores on a two-run double by John Jaso as Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart bobbles the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' Mikie Mahtook, left, scores on a two-run double by John Jaso as Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart bobbles the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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