Boston at Tampa Bay

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Rays 6, Red Sox 2

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria offers a simple explanation for his gaudy offensive numbers against AL East rival Boston: familarity with the Red Sox pitching staff.

"When you play each other as much as we do, you kind of get a feel for them," the reigning AL Rookie of the Year said Friday night after extending his torrid hitting against the Red Sox with a grand slam that keyed a 6-2 victory.

"Longo is the kind of player that likes the big moment. He's always ready," Rays manager Joe Maddon said, adding that the 23-year-old is off to a nice start -- .368, seven homers, an AL-leading 28 RBI -- against the entire league.

"We just play the Red Sox a lot, and because of that it's probably showing up a little bit more right now," Maddon said. "But I like to believe he's going to be able to do that against a lot of teams as he goes further into his career."

Andy Sonnanstine (1-3) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to get his first regular-season victory since Aug. 18 for the defending AL champions, who improved to 4-1 against Boston.

Longoria homered and drove in four runs for the second straight night, connecting off Justin Masterson (2-1) during Tampa Bay's six-run fifth inning. The All-Star third baseman had a three-run double and solo home run Thursday and is 10-for-22 with four homers and 13 RBI against the Red Sox this year.

"I think he's a great player. We've seen the last two nights what he can do," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "You leave a ball over the middle of the plate, and he's made a difference in both games."

Carlos Pena also homered in the fifth off Masterson, who made his third start for Boston in place of injured Daisuke Matsuzaka. The right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six in six innings.

"Today was a very, very good sign for us. We hadn't been able to put two offensive games together in a row, let alone get guys in scoring position to put ourselves in a situation where we can drive guys in," Longoria said.

A night after being held to one hit in a 13-0 loss, the Red Sox wasted a couple early opportunities to put Sonnanstine in a deep hole. They stranded six runners in the first three innings (10 overall) and only scored once after getting a single, double and walk to load the bases in the third.

Sonnanstine, who had gone 11 regular-season starts without winning, walked Jason Bay to force in Boston's first run. He gave up a two-out double to Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew's RBI single to fall behind 2-0 in the fifth.

Masterson, who won his other two starts in place of Matsuzaka, allowed one hit through four innings. Gabe Gross singled to open the Tampa Bay fifth, and after Akinori Iwamura walked, things went downhill in a hurry.

B.J. Upton's bases-loaded sacrifice fly trimmed the Rays' deficit to 2-1 before Masterson walked Crawford to again fill the bases for Longoria, who fell behind 0-2 before working the count to 2-2 and hitting the second grand slam of his career.

Pena followed with his 10th homer to make it 6-2.

"Pretty much the inning got out of hand," Masterson said. "I made a poor pitch decision to Longoria ... and he put it where he's supposed to."

J.P. Howell replaced Sonnanstine with two outs in the sixth. He, Dan Wheeler and Joe Nelson held the Red Sox to one hit -- Dustin Pedroia's third single of the night -- and two walks the rest of the way.

Notes

The Rays, who have lost six consecutive series since winning two of three games from Boston the first week of the season, are guaranteed at least a split of the four-game series. ... Matsuzaka, on the disabled list since April 15 with a mild right shoulder strain, is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Tuesday, likely with Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Rays RHP Jason Isringhausen, who's with Triple-A Durham on rehab assignment, was scratched Thursday night from a scheduled appearance because of a mild abdominal strain that manager Joe Maddon said is not serious.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5000012 .273
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5130000 .298
David Ortiz, DH4000112 .220
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3120101 .405
J.D. Drew, RF2011200 .242
Jason Bay, LF2001213 .315
Mike Lowell, 3B4010003 .307
Jason Varitek, C4010022 .250
Julio Lugo, SS4010013 .300
Totals3329266  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis 2 (10, Sonnanstine, Sonnanstine)
RBI - J.D. Drew (11), Jason Bay (20)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (7), Jason Bay (7)
Team LOB - 10
Boston Red Sox
Justin Masterson (L,2-1) 6666362 4.37
Manny Delcarmen 1100120 0.00
Ramon Ramirez 1000010 0.00
HBP - Iwamura (by Justin Masterson), Bartlett (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 105-58, Manny Delcarmen 25-13, Ramon Ramirez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-3
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Manny Delcarmen 5, Ramon Ramirez 3
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF3011020 .185
Carl Crawford, LF3110110 .284
Evan Longoria, 3B3114110 .368
Carlos Pena, 1B4111012 .256
Pat Burrell, DH4000022 .253
Gabe Gross, RF3120110 .244
Akinori Iwamura, 2B2110100 .300
Dioner Navarro, C3000013 .173
Jason Bartlett, SS2100001 .349
Totals2767649  
Batting
HR - Evan Longoria (7, Masterson), Carlos Pena (10, Masterson)
SF - B.J. Upton (1)
SH - Dioner Navarro (2)
RBI - B.J. Upton (2), Evan Longoria 4 (28), Carlos Pena (25)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 4 (8), Carlos Pena (5)
SB - B.J. Upton (6, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek), Carl Crawford (10, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek)
CS - B.J. Upton (1, 3rd base by Masterson/Varitek), Gabe Gross (1, 3rd base by Masterson/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Pena, Bartlett-Longoria-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (W,1-3) 5.2822410 6.75
J.P. Howell 1100210 2.70
Dan Wheeler (H,2) 1.1000030 7.27
Joe Nelson 1000010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 93-56, J.P. Howell 23-11, Dan Wheeler 15-12, Joe Nelson 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 5-9, J.P. Howell 1-0, Joe Nelson 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 27, J.P. Howell 5, Dan Wheeler 4, Joe Nelson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27045
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Marvin Hudson