Tampa Bay at Boston

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Tampa Bay (45-32) «0003000609110
Boston (47-32)000001030481

Rays 9, Red Sox 4

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BOSTON -- The Tampa Bay Rays ended a rough month of June with an encouraging win.

Matt Garza allowed six hits in seven innings and the Rays continued their climb out of a hitting slump to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday, ending the Red Sox's seven-game home winning streak.

Tampa Bay began June with a 2½-game lead in the AL East and ended it two games behind the New York Yankees and one behind second-place Boston. The Rays were 11-14 in a month that Evan Longoria is happy to see come to an end.

"I am, yeah, and I think the team is, too," he said. "I think this will be kind of a turn-the-page thing for us."

Garza (9-5) was sharp in his first road game since June 18 when he gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Florida, the worst start of his career. He threw 49 pitches in the first inning of that game but just 34 in the first three innings against Boston.

He left with a 9-1 lead before the Red Sox scored three runs in the eighth.

Garza has won four of his last five starts after losing three straight.

"I'm a smashmouth guy," the hard-throwing right-hander said. "I'm going to come at you and come at you hard. ... That's where I've got to get back to."

He got plenty of support from a team that had just 30 hits in a six-game homestand before Tuesday's 8-5 loss in Boston in which the Rays had 12 hits. They added 11 on Wednesday when they won for the sixth time in 18 games.

"We're keeping our head above water. We're not going away," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "To go through these tribulations offensively and still be right in the thick of things, I'll take it."

No Red Sox runner got past first base through five innings and, by that time, the Rays had a 3-0 lead against Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-3).

Matt Joyce led off the fourth with a walk and took third on a single by John Jaso. Kelly Shoppach doubled home both runners and scored on a single by Ben Zobrist.

The Red Sox broke through with two outs in the sixth when Garza hit Eric Patterson with a pitch before David Ortiz had an RBI double to pull to 3-1. Boston then stranded two runners in the seventh against Garza.

"He kept executing pitch after pitch," Jason Varitek said. "We took some good swings a lot of times, but he kept executing his pitches."

Red Sox right-hander Manny Delcarmen faced five batters in the eighth and all of them scored. His troubles began when he allowed a single to Evan Longoria. Carlos Pena followed with an RBI double and then took third on a single by Joyce. A walk to Jaso loaded the bases and Sean Rodriguez followed with a two-run single.

"He's still having a little bit of trouble with [arm] extension," Boston manager Terry Francona said of Delcarmen, who has been dealing with a sore elbow. "We talked to him after the game. We'll still get it checked out."

Ramon Ramirez replaced Delcarmen and Shoppach sacrificed to advance the runners. Jason Bartlett then hit an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall for his second homer of the season, extending the lead to 9-1.

Garza struck out five, walked two and allowed three runs, two of them scoring in the eighth on Ortiz's double on the only pitch thrown by Randy Choate. He entered the game after Garza gave up singles to the first two batters, Marco Scutaro and Patterson.

Tampa Bay wasted an excellent opportunity in the first when Matsuzaka had early control problems for his second straight start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Last Thursday, he walked three batters and threw 37 pitches in the first inning when Colorado scored twice in Boston's 13-11 win in 10 innings.

On Wednesday, he also issued three walks in the first -- to leadoff batter Zobrist and, with two outs, to Pena and Joyce. Matsuzaka got out of the jam by retiring Jaso on a fly ball to center.

Notes

Bartlett snapped a stretch of 21 consecutive solo homers. ... Boston RF J.D. Drew was scratched from the original lineup with a stiff neck. ... Tampa Bay activated OF Gabe Kapler from the disabled list and designated IF/DH Hank Blalock for assignment. ... The Rays open a four-game series on Thursday against Minnesota at Target Field, which replaced the Metrodome as the Twins home this year. "I'm really not sad at all" by the change, Maddon said. "One of my most unfavorite stadiums of all time. I'm just being honest." ... Francona was happy about Doc Rivers' decision to return as coach of the Boston Celtics. "I'm thrilled. I'll re-up my tickets as soon as possible," he said.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Bartlett
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, CF4011111 .293
Carl Crawford, LF5000022 .310
    Gabe Kapler, RF0000000 .217
Evan Longoria, 3B5110011 .294
Carlos Pena, 1B4121110 .202
Matt Joyce, RF-LF2220200 .214
John Jaso, DH4210103 .270
Sean Rodriguez, 2B5122004 .260
Kelly Shoppach, C3112021 .263
Jason Bartlett, SS4113012 .224
Totals36911958  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (10, Delcarmen), Matt Joyce (1, Ramirez), Kelly Shoppach (3, Matsuzaka)
HR - Jason Bartlett (2, Ramirez)
SH - Kelly Shoppach (1)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (41), Carlos Pena (50), Sean Rodriguez 2 (28), Kelly Shoppach 2 (5), Jason Bartlett 3 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Zobrist (15)
SB - Ben Zobrist (13, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Sean Rodriguez (6, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
CS - Matt Joyce (1, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-S. Rodriguez-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,9-5) 7633250 4.08
Randy Choate0111000 5.79
Grant Balfour 1000010 1.64
Joaquin Benoit 1100010 0.82
HBP - Patterson (by Matt Garza)
WP - Matt Garza (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 110-66, Randy Choate 1-1, Grant Balfour 16-11, Joaquin Benoit 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 1-14, Joaquin Benoit 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Randy Choate 1, Grant Balfour 3, Joaquin Benoit 4
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5120001 .285
Eric Patterson, LF3210001 .208
David Ortiz, DH3123100 .259
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4000023 .297
Adrian Beltre, 3B3011000 .349
Bill Hall, 2B4000021 .230
Jason Varitek, C3010011 .263
    Gustavo Molina, C1000000 .000
Darnell McDonald, RF3000111 .265
Mike Cameron, CF4010012 .265
Totals3348427  
Batting
2B - David Ortiz 2 (16, Garza, Choate)
SF - Adrian Beltre (3)
RBI - David Ortiz 3 (53), Adrian Beltre (53)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (25)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Kevin Youkilis (2, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,5-3) 6433470 4.50
Scott Atchison 1000010 4.62
Manny Delcarmen0455100 4.59
Ramon Ramirez 2311001 4.88
HBP - Joyce (by Daisuke Matsuzaka)
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 110-63, Scott Atchison 11-7, Manny Delcarmen 14-8, Ramon Ramirez 31-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 5-5, Scott Atchison 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 5-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 26, Scott Atchison 3, Manny Delcarmen 5, Ramon Ramirez 9
Game Information
Attendance - 38055
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Brian O'Nora