What a great game for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night as they opened up a three game series down in Tampa against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox hammered the Rays for a 13-5 win and they are now tied with the Rays for the division lead.

The sox offense got right at things in the the first inning as they scored four runs in the first inning and then knocked out Rays starting pitcher Scott Kazmir after only three innings. David Ortiz had four rbi while Kevin Youkilis finished the game with three rbi. Jason Varitek added two rbi and four others had one rbi each. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Cash, and Jason Bay all finished with one rbi. In total, the sox hit 6 home runs off the Rays pitchers.

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Red Sox but only pitched five innings. His five innings of action was enough to get the win and improve his record to 17-2 however. Dice-K had given up three hits and one run while striking out seven.

Chris Smith pitched the next two innings and gave up four hits, four runs, and two home runs. Not a good outing for Smith, it was a good thing that the Sox had scored so many runs that the runs Smith gave up really didn’t matter.

The Red Sox will now try to take the division lead on Tuesday night as they face off against the Rays once again.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on September 15th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox suffered a dissapointing loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night by the score of 5-4.  The three game series against the Rays is going to be a very big one as far as the standings go.  With the loss on Monday night, the Rays are now up 1.5 games on the Red Sox in the division.

Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson lasted six inning as he gave up five hits and four runs.  Five walks and two home runs really hurt Masterson as he took the loss in the game to fall to 4-2 on the season.  B.J. Upton and Gabe Gross both took Masterson deep in the game.

Chris Smith gave up three walks and one run in only 1/3 of an inning.  Javier Lopez was then called in to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings of the game.  Lopez did a good job by holding the Rays at five runs.

Mike Lowell had a rbi single in the fourth inning and then J.D. Drew hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.  Drew is swinging a very hot bat this month, and could very well be the player of the month the way he swung the bat in June.  The Sox just ran into James Shields who was wheeling and dealing on the mound.

The Sox did make it interesting in the ninth inning as they scored two runs off of Troy Percival and had the tying run on third base when Julio Lugo came to bat against J.P. Howell. However Lugo  Brandon Moss and Jason Varitek both had rbi’s for the Red Sox in the ninth inning as they came up big. 

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on June 30th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox were able to score four runs in the eighth inning as they came back and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 5-4.  Dustin Pedroia had a huge game as he had two rbi in the game including a solo home run.  Mike Lowell had a two run double and Jason Varitek had a rbi single to finish the scoring in the eighth inning.

Besides that four run eighth inning, the only run the Red Sox had was the Pedroia solo home run in the first inning.  The bats were asleep all game until the eighth inning which wasn’t very good.  Luckily they were able to wake up however and atleast score enough runs to get the win.

Justin Masterson pitched the first six innings of the game as he got a no decision.  Masterson allowed seven hits and four runs in the game.  The big hit that hurt Masterson was a three run home run by Chad Tracy in the third inning.  Other then that one pitch he pitched pretty good.

Chris Smith ended up picking up this win as he pitched the seventh and eighth innings without allowing a run to score.  Smith is now 1-0 on the season.  Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 22nd save of the season in the game.

Good come from behind win for the Red Sox.  Tomorrow I expect the bats to get going before the eighth inning however.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on June 24th, 2008
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