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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston could only keep Evan Longoria's bat silent for so long.
Tampa Bay's All-Star slugger struck out four times, yet continued his torrid hitting against the Red Sox with two homers Tuesday night, including a two-run shot off Takashi Saito with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Rays a 4-2 victory.
"I really was just trying to extend the inning, get a base hit and get somebody into scoring position," Longoria said. "I've faced Saito before so I kind of knew what he was featuring. He left the ball up in the zone."
Longoria, who has seven homers and 24 RBI in 11 games against the Red Sox this season, homered in the eighth, tying the score 2-all.
"We've seen him at his best," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We seem to bring out a lot in him."
The Red Sox bullpen worked out of jams in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but couldn't do it again in the 13th. Boston also squandered an opportunity of its own to take the lead when Dustin Pedroia grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the 10th.
Michel Hernandez walked to start the 13th. After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Longoria hit his 23rd homer of the season off Saito (2-3) to end the 4 hour, 57-minute game.
Lance Cormier (2-1) gave up one hit in one inning for the win.
"The game was totally exasperating. To have so many opportunities and not get it done was frustrating. ... To not have won this game under those circumstances would have been very difficult," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
The third-place Rays remained 5½ games behind first-place New York in the AL East. The second-place Red Sox had their four-game winning streak stopped and fell 1½ games off the pace.
"It was a fun game to be part of," Francona said. "I wish it ended differently."
The Red Sox wasted a strong performance by Jon Lester, who yielded one run and three hits and struck out 10 in six-plus innings, holding the AL champions scoreless until the seventh. The left-hander hit Carlos Pena with his final pitch of the night, then watched the Rays trim a 2-0 deficit to one run with two singles off the bullpen.
Jason Bartlett drove in Tampa Bay's first run with an infield single off Daniel Bard. Longoria made it 2-2, homering off the reliever on the first pitch of the eighth. The Red Sox then needed a break to get out of the inning without falling behind.
Bard, who hadn't given up an earned run over 14 innings of his last 12 outings, walked Ben Zobrist and compounded Boston's trouble when he fielded Willy Aybar's bunt and threw wildly past first base into the right-field corner for an error.
Zobrist and Aybar both circled the bases to score on the play, but were sent back to second and third because the ball rolled under an equipment bag in the Rays bullpen. Pena walked to load the bases with no outs, but Boston escaped when Bard struck out B.J. Upton and Manny Delcarmen retired pinch-hitters Gabe Gross and Pat Burrell.
Kevin Youkilis hit his 20th homer in the second inning and Pedroia connected for his seventh in the sixth for the Red Sox, who conclude a two-game series here Wednesday night before heading to New York for four games against the Yankees.
Both of Boston's homers came off Matt Garza, who limited the Red Sox to three hits while walking two and striking out six in seven innings.
Evan Longoria knows the game is over as he flips the bat after turning on a Takashi Saito pitch ... (US Presswire)
|Players of the Game|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||6||0||1||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||6||1||2||1||0||0||1||.304|
|Victor Martinez, 1B||6||0||2||0||0||0||2||.292|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||5||1||1||1||1||1||2||.313|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.225|
|J.D. Drew, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.248|
|Jason Varitek, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.229|
|Josh Reddick, LF||5||0||1||0||0||4||0||.313|
|Nick Green, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|a- Mike Lowell, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.300|
|Jed Lowrie, PR-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.140|
|a-was walked intentionally for Green in the 10th|
|2B - Josh Reddick (3, Howell)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (7, Garza), Kevin Youkilis (20, Garza)|
|RBI - Dustin Pedroia (46), Kevin Youkilis (65)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Green-Pedroia-Martinez, Green-Martinez|
|E - Daniel Bard (2, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Hideki Okajima (H,22)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.05|
|Daniel Bard (BS,1)||0.2||2||1||1||2||1||1||2.25|
|Takashi Saito (L,2-3)||1.2||1||2||2||2||2||1||3.32|
|IBB - Longoria by Ramon Ramirez|
|HBP - Pena (by Jon Lester)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 110-68, Hideki Okajima 9-3, Daniel Bard 29-16, Manny Delcarmen 13-9, Ramon Ramirez 33-16, Jonathan Papelbon 15-10, Takashi Saito 31-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 6-2, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Daniel Bard 2-0, Manny Delcarmen 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-2, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0, Takashi Saito 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 24, Hideki Okajima 3, Daniel Bard 7, Manny Delcarmen 4, Ramon Ramirez 8, Jonathan Papelbon 3, Takashi Saito 8|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||2||1||2||2||3||.339|
|Carl Crawford, LF||7||0||1||0||0||0||7||.314|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||6||2||2||3||1||4||2||.274|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||0||0||0||2||0||1||.294|
|Willy Aybar, DH||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.278|
|Joe Dillon, PR-DH||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.300|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.214|
|B.J. Upton, CF||5||0||1||0||1||4||4||.243|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.224|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||7||.263|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.254|
|b- Pat Burrell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.225|
|Michel Hernandez, C||1||1||0||0||1||0||3||.240|
|a-struck out for Navarro in the 8th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Kapler in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Pena (21, Ramirez)|
|HR - Evan Longoria 2 (23, Bard, Saito)|
|SH - Jason Bartlett (3), Willy Aybar (1)|
|RBI - Jason Bartlett (48), Evan Longoria 3 (81)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (28), Evan Longoria 2 (29)|
|SB - Jason Bartlett (21, 2nd base off Ramirez/Varitek), Carl Crawford 2 (51, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek, 3rd base off Lester/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Longoria-Pena|
|E - Carlos Pena (9, Missed catch of throw)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Lance Cormier (W,2-1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.88|
|IBB - Lowell by J.P. Howell|
|HBP - Green (by Matt Garza)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 120-74, Brian Shouse 4-3, Dan Wheeler 11-7, J.P. Howell 16-10, Grant Balfour 30-18, Lance Cormier 19-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-11, Brian Shouse 1-0, Dan Wheeler 3-0, J.P. Howell 2-2, Grant Balfour 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 27, Brian Shouse 1, Dan Wheeler 3, J.P. Howell 7, Grant Balfour 7, Lance Cormier 4|
|Attendance - 29873|
|Game Time - 4:57|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Winters|