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Pena's three-run HR in 14th helps Rays beat BoSox, win series

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BOSTON -- Jason Hammel thought he'd do a little throwing in the bullpen to stay loose. He wound up being thrown into the tightest spot he could imagine.

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Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the 14th inning, then Hammel escaped a major jam Wednesday night to give the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

After playing more than five hours, the Rays increased their division edge to 2½ games over the Red Sox. Boston's wild-card lead was cut to five games by Minnesota.

"I figured I'd just get some work in," said Hammel, who entered when closer Troy Percival left after his back tightened up. "I hadn't pitched in five days. I wanted to get up and keep the arm fresh. I figured Perc would close it out."

After Pena's homer, Boston loaded the bases with no outs in the 14th against Percival. Hammel took over with a 4-1 lead and retired three straight batters for his first save since he pitched at Class A Hudson Valley in 2002.

"You've got to give Jason Hammel a lot of credit -- my God," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Coming in with the bases loaded at that point of the batting order ... that was a truly tremendous performance."

Kevin Youkilis' sacrifice fly made it 4-2 before Jason Bay struck out and Alex Cora flied out.

"The adrenaline was obviously more than I've ever felt," said Hammel, still showing the effect from a celebratory shaving cream pie to the face.

Percival, who said warming up a few times likely led to his back trouble, was excited by Hammel's performance.

"When I'm the weakest link in the bullpen, its a pretty good bullpen," Percival said. "I'll get some treatment tomorrow and it'll be OK. It's nothing."

Tampa Bay was only 1-for-35 with runners in scoring position in this series before Pena homered.

The Rays, who led the division by 5½ games last week, won the final two matchups at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay had its lead sliced to one-half game with its 3-0 loss to Boston on Monday.

"This team is obviously energized because of the way we won it," Pena said. "It's been exciting both days."

The teams meet again next week for three games at Tropicana Field, where the Rays are 6-0 against the Red Sox.

Tampa Bay had managed only one hit with runners in scoring position during this set -- Dioner Navarro delivered a go-ahead double against Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 comeback win -- before Pena hit Mike Timlin's pitch into the Green Monster seats.

"We didn't want Pena to hit in that inning because of what he can do," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He didn't miss with that pitch. That was off the plate."

Timlin (4-4) tied Kent Tekulve for the most appearances by a right-handed reliever with 1,050. Akinori Iwamura and Rocco Baldelli singled with two outs before Pena hit his 28th homer.

"I was extremely surprised," Timlin said. "It was a good pitch. We pushed him off the plate and then went down and away."

Trever Miller (2-0) pitched one hitless inning.

The Red Sox had runners on first and second in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th, but did not scored.

Josh Beckett, making his second start after being sidelined for nearly three weeks with an inflamed right elbow, gave up one run and six hits in six innings.

In the 12th, Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch leading off and David Ortiz, trying to bunt for a hit against an overshifted infield, wound up with his first sacrifice since 2001.

Chad Bradford got Youkilis on a double-play grounder and Bay bounced to short in the 10th. Jacoby Ellsbury, hitless in six at-bats before a 14th inning double, flied out to end the 11th. He also ended the ninth, grounding out.

Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine allowed one unearned run, fanned seven and didn't walk anyone in seven innings.

Willy Aybar's RBI triple over the head of right fielder Mark Kotsay moved the Rays ahead 1-0 in the second after Cliff Floyd reached on bad-hop infield hit.

Boston tied it 1-all on Pedroia's two-out RBI double in the third. Sonnanstine should have been out of the inning, but Iwamura dropped a throw to second on a play that would have been a forceout.

Notes

  • Pedroia's double was his 46th of the season, a club record for second baseman, breaking Jody Reed's mark of 45 set in 1990.
  • The Red Sox activated RHP David Aardsma, on the 15-day DL since Aug. 21 with a strained right groin, before the game.
  • Francona said RF J.D. Drew, sidelined with a strained lower back since Aug. 18, will see action this weekend.
  • Red Sox CF Coco Crisp sat in favor of Ellsbury despite a season-high 11 game hitting streak when he's gone 22-for-43 (.518). "We needed to get Jacoby in there," Francona said. "Coco handled it. I think he wanted to play very badly. If I was Coco I'd want to play very badly, too."
  • Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria, out since Aug. 7 with a fractured right wrist, might get into a game over the weekend.
 
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Carlos Pena's three-run shot in the 14th inning snaps a Tampa Bay 1-for-35 slump with RISP.  (AP)
Carlos Pena's three-run shot in the 14th inning snaps a Tampa Bay 1-for-35 slump with RISP. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B7120001 .280
Dan Johnson, LF2000111 .250
   a- Rocco Baldelli, PH-LF4110010 .296
    Justin Ruggiano, LF0000000 .186
Carlos Pena, 1B6123131 .247
Cliff Floyd, DH3110013 .274
   b- Ben Zobrist, PH-DH2010200 .220
Willy Aybar, 3B6021111 .258
Eric Hinske, RF3000022 .246
    Fernando Perez, CF2000101 .154
Dioner Navarro, C6010036 .297
Gabe Gross, CF-RF6010015 .240
Jason Bartlett, SS5010111 .280
Totals524124714  
a-lined out for Johnson in the 7th
b-walked for Floyd in the 8th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (30, Beckett), Carlos Pena (21, Okajima), Ben Zobrist (6, Lopez), Gabe Gross (15, Delcarmen), Jason Bartlett (21, Beckett)
3B - Willy Aybar (2, Beckett)
HR - Carlos Pena (28, Timlin)
RBI - Carlos Pena 3 (88), Willy Aybar (28)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena 3 (25)
CS - Jason Bartlett (6, 2nd base by Masterson/Cash)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Bartlett-Pena, Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena
E - Jason Bartlett (14, Throwing), Akinori Iwamura (7, Missed catch of throw)
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine 7410070 4.47
Dan Wheeler 1000100 2.70
Grant Balfour 1100110 1.63
Chad Bradford 1100100 2.03
J.P. Howell 2100220 2.44
Trever Miller (W,2-0) 1000000 4.26
Troy Percival (H,4)0111200 5.01
Jason Hammel (S,1) 1000010 4.64
IBB - Ortiz by Chad Bradford
HBP - Youkilis (by Andy Sonnanstine), Pedroia (by Andy Sonnanstine), Pedroia (by J.P. Howell)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 96-64, Dan Wheeler 17-9, Grant Balfour 21-13, Chad Bradford 12-8, J.P. Howell 37-19, Trever Miller 7-6, Troy Percival 11-3, Jason Hammel 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 7-8, Dan Wheeler 1-2, Grant Balfour 1-1, Chad Bradford 2-0, J.P. Howell 2-2
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 28, Dan Wheeler 4, Grant Balfour 5, Chad Bradford 4, J.P. Howell 10, Trever Miller 3, Troy Percival 3, Jason Hammel 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7110017 .262
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4021100 .328
David Ortiz, DH4000214 .265
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3001212 .313
Jason Bay, LF7000037 .287
Mike Lowell, 3B3000111 .275
    Alex Cora, PR-SS3000004 .288
Mark Kotsay, RF6010012 .286
Jed Lowrie, SS-3B5120121 .275
Jason Varitek, C3010001 .226
    Coco Crisp, PR0000000 .290
    Kevin Cash, C0000000 .230
   a- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .750
    David Ross, C2000012 .232
Totals48282711  
a-singled for Cash in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (16, Percival), Dustin Pedroia 2 (47, Sonnanstine, Bradford), Jed Lowrie (20, Sonnanstine)
SF - Kevin Youkilis (7)
SH - David Ortiz (1)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (78), Kevin Youkilis (100)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (29)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Cora-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 6611270 4.10
Hideki Okajima 1100100 2.88
Justin Masterson 2000220 3.12
Manny Delcarmen 2100020 3.65
Javier Lopez 2.1100120 2.56
Mike Timlin (L,4-4) 0.2333111 6.09
IBB - Perez by Justin Masterson
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 84-55, Hideki Okajima 22-12, Justin Masterson 30-15, Manny Delcarmen 27-19, Javier Lopez 31-18, Mike Timlin 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 5-6, Hideki Okajima 2-1, Justin Masterson 2-1, Manny Delcarmen 3-1, Javier Lopez 4-0, Mike Timlin 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Hideki Okajima 5, Justin Masterson 7, Manny Delcarmen 7, Javier Lopez 8, Mike Timlin 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38114
Game Time - 5:02
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Mark Wegner