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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tim Wakefield said he believes pitching indoors helps his knuckleball, and the numbers back him up.
Wakefield (12-9) gave up six hits and three walks, striking out seven as he won for the fifth time in six starts. He improved to 17-2 against the Devil Rays, the most wins by a Tampa Bay opponent. He is 8-0 at Tropicana Field.
"I like pitching here," Wakefield said. "I like pitching inside. The ball seems to move a lot more in a dome."
Wakefield is surprised about his success against the Devil Rays.
"I had no idea that was the case," Wakefield said. "I'm excited about that. It's not an automatic win against these guys. They've got a pretty good lineup over there."
While Boston has won seven of eight, the Devil Rays have lost seven in a row, getting outscored 71-21. Tampa Bay is 5-24 since June 25.
Jason Hammel (1-1) threw five scoreless innings, then was pulled after allowing consecutive one-out walks in the sixth. Youkilis, in an 0-for-11 slide, gave Boston a 3-1 lead with his three-run drive off Juan Salas.
"You can't judge this game by the first five innings played," Youkilis said. "You have to play the whole game and that's where we came back and scored a lot of runs and got the 'W.'"
Hammel retired his first 11 batters before David Ortiz lined a single to right with two outs in the fourth. Making his second start and 12th appearance overall of the season, Hammel gave up two runs and one hit in 5 1/3 innings.
"I felt good mentally," said Hammel, who was on a pitch count. "I was locked in. Sometimes the body doesn't catch up."
"We had chances against Wakefield, and we didn't take advantage of it," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "And he's always going to settle in if you allow him to do so."
Tampa Bay went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring against Wakefield. All the chances came in the first three innings.
"The environment really comes into play and the elements really do something to his pitches more than anyone else's," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We certainly weren't doing anything offensively early, and the way he pitched allowed us to be patient so we could do something."
|First baseman Kevin Youkilis turns a one-run deficit into a 3-1 Red Sox lead with his sixth-inning blast. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Julio Lugo, SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||0||.222|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||5||1||1||3||0||0||0||.306|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.320|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.247|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.306|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||3||.282|
|Doug Mirabelli, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.185|
|Alex Cora, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.262|
|2B - Manny Ramirez (24, Salas), Coco Crisp (16, Camp)|
|HR - Kevin Youkilis (10, Salas)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis 3 (51), J.D. Drew (39), Coco Crisp 2 (41), Doug Mirabelli (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (17), Doug Mirabelli (7)|
|SB - Alex Cora (1, 2nd base off Hammel/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Tim Wakefield (W,12-9)||6||6||1||1||3||7||0||4.59|
|Manny Delcarmen (H,6)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.40|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 101-61, Manny Delcarmen 26-17, Kyle Snyder 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-5, Manny Delcarmen 2-2, Kyle Snyder 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 26, Manny Delcarmen 7, Kyle Snyder 4|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||1||2||.285|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.287|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.343|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.279|
|Delmon Young, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.290|
|Brendan Harris, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.299|
|Ty Wigginton, 2B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.275|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.259|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.184|
|2B - Akinori Iwamura (13, Wakefield)|
|RBI - Dioner Navarro (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro (8)|
|SB - Delmon Young (7, 2nd base off Wakefield/Mirabelli)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Jason Hammel (L,1-1)||5.1||1||2||2||2||4||0||5.33|
|Juan Salas (BS,1)||0.1||2||1||1||2||1||1||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 88-56, Juan Salas 27-13, Casey Fossum 23-15, Shawn Camp 17-11, Brian Stokes 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-8, Brian Stokes 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 19, Juan Salas 5, Casey Fossum 6, Shawn Camp 6, Brian Stokes 3|
|Attendance - 33144|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Bruce Froemming|