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Rays beat up Dice-K, take two of three from BoSox

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BOSTON -- It's like the offseason never happened for Matt Garza and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Garza pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and the Rays hit three home runs off Daisuke Matsuzaka to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Thursday and win their opening three-game series.

Evan Longoria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Matt Joyce and Shawn Riggans also homered for the defending AL champions.

"We just wanted to establish ourselves early in the season, set the tone and let the people know it wasn't a fluke," said Garza (1-0), who allowed one run and three walks, striking out five to improve to 6-1 in his career against Boston. "We're here to battle for a while."

Matsuzaka (0-1) gave up four runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The Japanese star was MVP of the World Baseball Classic for the second straight time, but his season debut more closely resembled his performance in Game 5 of last year's AL championship series, when he gave up three home runs in four innings before the Red Sox rallied from a seven-run deficit to win 8-7 and force the series back to Tampa Bay.

"The mistakes really hurt him," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "They're a good team. We'd like to think we are. It will be a long, interesting season."

Kevin Youkilis was 3-for-4 with a walk for Boston, singling off Brian Shouse with one out in the eighth and scoring when Joe Nelson walked Jason Bay and gave up a double to Mike Lowell. But Nelson struck out Jed Lowrie on a full count to end the threat, and Troy Percival came on to pitch the ninth.

After giving up a leadoff home run to Jason Varitek, Percival got Jacoby Ellsbury on a flyout and Dustin Pedroia on a hard drive to third that Longoria stabbed on one hop. David Ortiz walked, but Youkilis flied out and Percival earned his first save.

"It doesn't always have to be an oil painting to be successful," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's probably amped up, man, and I don't blame him. It's a Fenway moment."

Boston had not lost an opening series since 1988, but the Red Sox have now lost consecutive regular-season series at Fenway Park to the Rays; Tampa Bay had not won a series in Boston in its previous 25 visits. In all, the Rays have won 13 of their past 19 games against the Red Sox, including the seven-game AL championship series in which Garza beat Boston twice to earn MVP honors.

"He's got dominant stuff when he settles in. You saw it last year," Pedroia said. "He's got some of the best stuff in the major leagues."

Garza escaped a jam with two on in the first, getting J.D. Drew to line out and also put two on in the third before Drew flied out. Youkilis doubled leading off the sixth and scored on Bay's one-out triple, but Garza retired Lowell and Lowrie.

Tampa Bay heads to Baltimore to play the Orioles, a team the Rays have beaten 12 straight times.

Notes

  • The Red Sox observed a moment of silence for Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a car crash early Thursday.
  • It's the third time in Matsuzaka's career he has allowed three home runs in a game.
  • The Rays committed their first two errors of the season.
  • Pedroia was presented with his 2008 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. Dwight Evans, who won both in 1981, took part in the ceremony. The other Red Sox players to win both awards in the same season were Ellis Burks (1990) and Jason Varitek (2005).
 
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Evan Longoria has three hits and crushes a two-run homer, one of three Dice-K served up.  (Getty Images)
Evan Longoria has three hits and crushes a two-run homer, one of three Dice-K served up. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4110121 .500
Carl Crawford, LF5000012 .308
Evan Longoria, 3B5132011 .429
Carlos Pena, 1B2010301 .200
Willy Aybar, DH3010223 .333
Matt Joyce, CF3111002 .143
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1010000 .125
    Ben Zobrist, PR-RF0000000 .000
Gabe Gross, RF3000101 .000
   b- Gabe Kapler, PH-CF1000003 .250
Shawn Riggans, C4111003 .250
Jason Bartlett, SS4010010 .400
Totals35410477  
a-singled for Joyce in the 9th
b-flied out for Gross in the 9th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (2, Matsuzaka), Evan Longoria (2, Matsuzaka), Willy Aybar (1, Matsuzaka), Jason Bartlett (1, Matsuzaka)
HR - Evan Longoria (2, Matsuzaka), Matt Joyce (1, Matsuzaka), Shawn Riggans (1, Matsuzaka)
RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (5), Matt Joyce (1), Shawn Riggans (1)
SB - Akinori Iwamura (2, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Carlos Pena (1, Throwing), Shawn Riggans (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,1-0) 7411350 1.29
Brian Shouse (H,1) 0.2111000 13.50
Joe Nelson (H,1) 0.1100110 0.00
Troy Percival (S,1) 1111101 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 106-63, Brian Shouse 12-7, Joe Nelson 15-7, Troy Percival 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-13, Brian Shouse 2-0, Troy Percival 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Brian Shouse 3, Joe Nelson 3, Troy Percival 5
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4010120 .154
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5000012 .167
David Ortiz, DH3000211 .222
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4230101 .667
J.D. Drew, RF4000005 .143
Jason Bay, LF3011100 .300
Mike Lowell, 3B4011001 .182
    Nick Green, PR-3B0000000 .000
Jed Lowrie, SS4000023 .091
Jason Varitek, C4111001 .167
Totals3537356  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (2, Garza), Mike Lowell (2, Nelson)
3B - Jason Bay (1, Garza)
HR - Jason Varitek (2, Percival)
RBI - Jason Bay (3), Mike Lowell (2), Jason Varitek (2)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell (2)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, 3rd base off Garza/Riggans)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Lowrie-Youkilis, Ramirez-Lowrie-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,0-1) 5.1944353 6.75
Manny Delcarmen 1000200 0.00
Ramon Ramirez 1.2000010 0.00
Hideki Okajima 0.2100210 18.00
Justin Masterson 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Gross by Daisuke Matsuzaka
HBP - Joyce (by Daisuke Matsuzaka)
WP - Daisuke Matsuzaka (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 100-60, Manny Delcarmen 25-12, Ramon Ramirez 13-9, Hideki Okajima 30-16, Justin Masterson 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 5-5, Manny Delcarmen 1-2, Ramon Ramirez 2-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 28, Manny Delcarmen 5, Ramon Ramirez 4, Hideki Okajima 5, Justin Masterson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 37784
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson