Rays 2, Red Sox 1

A scary situation involving Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes

overshadowed another strong outing by Rays right-hander Jeremy

Hellickson.

Rhymes left in the eighth inning of the Rays’ 2-1 victory over

the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night after being hit by a pitch

near his right elbow. While standing at first base he gestured that

he wanted to come out of the game, took a couple of steps and

collapsed into the arms of first base coach George Hendrick.

Trainers worked on Rhymes in the coach’s box before he was assisted

to a utility cart and left the field.

The Rays said Rhymes briefly fainted, but that he is fine,

remained at the ballpark for X-rays on his arm and was not taken a

hospital.

”He got kind of rubber-legged right there,” Rays manager Joe

Maddon said. ”That stuff hurts. I know it’s in the arm, but that

can definitely take your breath away. It was described to me as

kind of an adrenalin rush that caused that reaction.”

X-rays were negative and the team said Rhymes is day to day with

a bruised right forearm.

Hellickson pitched six solid innings and Luke Scott had a

tiebreaking sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay snapped the Red Sox’s

five-game winning streak.

”Hellickson’s change up made that fastball look like it’s a 100

(mph),” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.

Hellickson (4-0) allowed one run and five hits en route to

winning a career-best sixth consecutive decision, dating to Sept.

4. He struck out six and walked two.

After Jake McGee and Joel Peralta both threw a scoreless inning,

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Clay Buchholz (4-2) gave up two runs and six hits over five-plus

innings for Boston. Buchholz, who took a grounder off his foot

during the sixth, had allowed four or more runs in all seven of his

previous starts this season.

”No,” said Buchholz when asked if the foot was an issue. ”I

think it was more after I came out. It’s a little sore. It’s

nothing (to worry about).”

Matt Joyce opened the sixth with an infield single that went off

Buchholz’s leg. He went to third on a single by Carlos Pena. Andrew

Miller replaced Buchholz and gave up Scott’s sacrifice fly that put

Tampa Bay ahead 2-1.

Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross appeared to have problems with

the roof on Scott’s shallow fly.

”I wasn’t really planning on going until I saw Cody Ross kind

of backpedal,” Joyce said. ”The Trop can be tough sometimes for

outfielders. It’s hard to see the ball when you’re not used to it.

He started backpedaling. As an outfielder, I know it’s hard to get

a lot on your throw and make a really good throw when you’re on the

heels of your feet and backpedaling. I took a shot and it worked

out.”

The Rays, winners of four straight, loaded the bases with two

outs later in the sixth, but Miller struck out Elliot Johnson on a

3-2 pitch.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the second when Buchholz was called

for a balk on a pickoff move to first with runners on the corners

and two outs. Pena, who had a leadoff single, scored on the

play.

”I was going to go third to first, and my cleat sort of got

caught,” Buchholz said.

The Red Sox wound up with three balks overall.

”Crazy,” Valentine said.

Daniel Nava’s fourth-inning RBI single got Boston even at

1-all.

Valentine said left-hander Felix Doubront, who was hit on the

ear by a ball during batting practice Tuesday, was cleared to make

his start Thursday.

Meanwhile, Boston left-hander Rich Hill left the field after

being struck by a ball in batting practice before Wednesday night’s

game. The team said Hill is OK.

NOTES: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey (right thumb) is set to

resume throwing next week. … Boston 3B Kevin Youkilis (lower

back) started a rehab assignment as the DH with Triple-A Pawtucket

and could play in the field Friday. … Valentine doesn’t believe

RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (right elbow), scheduled to start for

Pawtucket Thursday, is close to pitching in the majors. … Rays 3B

Evan Longoria (left hamstring) took batting practice, but has not

started running. … Red Sox LF Carl Crawford (left wrist) could

start swinging a bat next week. … The Rays acquired OF Rich

Thompson from Philadelphia for minor league OF Kyle Hudson.