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Rays put away Red Sox in 11 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Given a green light to swing away, Nathan Haynes delivered for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Haynes singled with none out in the 11th inning, driving in Carl Crawford from second base and giving the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Manager Joe Maddon never gave serious thought to having Haynes bunt instead of go for the game-winner with two runners on.

"He told me if we got runners on first and second that he wasn't going to bunt me," Haynes said after his fourth career RBI ended the four-hour game. "In the back of your mind, you just want to make him right and go out there and get the job done."

Haynes lined an 0-1 pitch from Mike Timlin (2-2) to right field after Crawford, who was 3-for-6 and scored three runs, began the rally with a single and stole second. Timlin walked B.J. Upton before giving up the winning hit.

"Joe just took a chance and it paid off for him," Timlin said of the Rays' strategy.

The Red Sox stranded the potential go-ahead run in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings. Scott Dohmann (1-0) got David Ortiz -- the only batter he faced -- to ground into an inning-ending double play with men at first and third in the top of the 11th.

Dan Wheeler worked out of a jam in the ninth, getting Ortiz to fly to center and striking out Manny Ramirez with runners at first and second. Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie walked in the 10th before Julio Lugo grounded into a double play.

"We had our chances. We had the guys up that we wanted, but we weren't able to push a run across," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Everybody gets frustrated. You want to win so bad. We got guys on, we couldn't push the run across."

The Rays rallied after falling behind knuckleballer Tim Wakefield 3-1, extending their season-best winning streak to four games. Their 12 wins overall match their most ever after 23 games.

Right-hander Matt Garza made his first start since leaving Tampa Bay's April 8 home opener with what the Rays described as radial nerve irritation in his pitching arm.

He retired the Red Sox in order in the first, then nearly didn't make it through a 40-pitch second in which he gave up a leadoff single to Ramirez before walking J.D. Drew and Sean Casey to load the bases with one out.

Boston wound up scoring three runs in the inning with Lugo drawing a bases-loaded walk, Kevin Cash delivering a sacrifice fly and Jacoby Ellsbury following with an RBI single that made it 3-1.

Casey was injured scoring on Ellsbury's hit, limping across the plate with a right hip flexor strain that forced him out of the game.

Wakefield was unbeaten at Tropicana Field until the Rays beat him here last Sept. 23. He's 19-3 all-time against Tampa Bay, including 9-1 on the road, but struggled after the Red sox gave him the early lead.

Crawford, who has a 12-game hitting streak, tripled and scored on Upton's sacrifice fly in the first and Tampa Bay trimmed Boston's lead to 3-2 on an Evan Longoria RBI single in the third.

Wakefield fell behind 4-3 in the fourth when Crawford tied it with an RBI triple and then scored on shortstop Lugo's fielding error. The Red Sox countered with a run in the sixth, then turned the game over to their bullpen.

"We got out of some hairy jams, based on either good pitches or good defense. They did the same," Maddon said. "It was really a well-fought game on both sides, and we just got the big hit out of Nate in the end."

Notes

  • Boston's Justin Pedroia singled in the 11th, giving him a 14-game hitting streak.
  • Wakefield allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. Garza gave up three runs, five hits and walked three in five innings.
  • Rays INF/OF Eric Hinske, who was with Boston last season, received his World Series ring before the game.
  • Boston 3B Mike Lowell (sprained left thumb) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. If all goes well this weekend, he could rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday.
 
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Nathan Haynes is the toast of Tampa after he wins the game with his single in the 11th inning.  (AP)
Nathan Haynes is the toast of Tampa after he wins the game with his single in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

K. Cash
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5011004 .284
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6010004 .340
David Ortiz, DH6000013 .177
Manny Ramirez, LF5130012 .370
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B4000113 .330
J.D. Drew, RF4210122 .282
Sean Casey, 1B0100100 .346
    Jed Lowrie, 3B3010100 .346
Julio Lugo, SS4002111 .306
Kevin Cash, C3031000 .323
    Coco Crisp, PR0000000 .341
    Jason Varitek, C0000000 .262
Totals40410456  
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (9, Garza)
SF - Kevin Cash (1)
SH - Jacoby Ellsbury (1)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (10), Julio Lugo 2 (7), Kevin Cash (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Youkilis
PB - Kevin Cash (4)
E - Julio Lugo (7, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 6643510 4.06
David Aardsma 1000010 3.29
Bryan Corey 1.2200210 10.50
Javier Lopez 0.2100010 4.50
Mike Timlin (L,2-2) 0.2211100 13.50
IBB - Longoria by Bryan Corey
HBP - Gomes (by Tim Wakefield)
WP - Tim Wakefield (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 113-70, David Aardsma 17-10, Bryan Corey 25-13, Javier Lopez 10-8, Mike Timlin 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 6-11, David Aardsma 1-1, Bryan Corey 1-2, Mike Timlin 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 30, David Aardsma 3, Bryan Corey 8, Javier Lopez 3, Mike Timlin 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5120104 .220
Carl Crawford, LF6331012 .314
B.J. Upton, CF3011202 .298
Jonny Gomes, DH3100010 .265
   a- Carlos Pena, PH-DH1010000 .200
    Nathan Haynes, PR-DH1011000 .278
Evan Longoria, 3B3011202 .286
Eric Hinske, 1B3000203 .306
Dioner Navarro, C5010014 .391
Gabe Gross, RF4010111 .200
Jason Bartlett, SS5000005 .208
Totals39511484  
a-singled for Gomes in the 9th
Batting
3B - Carl Crawford 2 (3, Wakefield, Wakefield)
SF - B.J. Upton (2)
RBI - Carl Crawford (12), B.J. Upton (18), Nathan Haynes (3), Evan Longoria (9)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (2), Evan Longoria (3)
SB - Akinori Iwamura (2, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash), Carl Crawford (8, 2nd base off Timlin/Varitek), Evan Longoria (2, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash)
CS - B.J. Upton (4, 3rd base by Wakefield/Cash)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Iwamura-Hinske, Hinske-Bartlett-Dohmann
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza 5533310 7.62
J.P. Howell (BS,1) 3311030 2.63
Dan Wheeler 1100010 1.38
Trever Miller 0.1000210 2.57
Gary Glover 1100000 1.69
Scott Dohmann (W,1-0) 0.2000000 2.45
HBP - Varitek (by Gary Glover)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 84-49, J.P. Howell 46-27, Dan Wheeler 25-16, Trever Miller 16-6, Gary Glover 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 2-12, J.P. Howell 2-4, Dan Wheeler 1-2, Gary Glover 2-0, Scott Dohmann 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 23, J.P. Howell 12, Dan Wheeler 5, Trever Miller 3, Gary Glover 4, Scott Dohmann 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30290
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Rob Drake