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Tampa Bay at Boston

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Rays throttle Red Sox, gain ground in AL East

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BOSTON -- David Price got plenty of support when Tampa Bay hit five homers. The way he was pitching, he didn't need much of it.

The left-hander allowed two hits over six innings and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 14-5 on Tuesday night to move 1½ games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

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"I get asked about it every now and then. That's about all the thinking I do about" the Cy Young award, Price said. "I'm set on bigger goals than that. We've got the World Series on our minds right now so that's what we're playing for."

Price (17-6) gave up two runs, one earned, lowered his ERA to 2.87 and left with a 14-2 lead. CC Sabathia, another leading Cy Young candidate, had a rough outing Tuesday in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-2 win over the Yankees. He allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings and fell to 19-6 with a 3.14 ERA.

"Any win right now is huge," Price said. "I didn't even know we had lost three in a row. ... Every game from here on out is going to have the same amount of emphasis on it."

Price gave up the two runs before retiring a batter but allowed just two hits by Victor Martinez. Boston led 2-0 until Ben Zobrist's two-run homer in the third off Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-5).

The Rays added two homers in the fifth, a two-run shot by Jason Bartlett and a three-run drive by Evan Longoria, then got back-to-back homers in the sixth from Dan Johnson and B.J. Upton. Boston had not allowed a homer in its previous six games.

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"When you win the way we did, it makes it a little bit more comforting in this building," Longoria said. "The lead is never comfortable, even when you're up eight or nine. To be up where we were late in the game, it's a good feeling."

Carl Crawford went 4 for 4 in just five innings, including doubles in his first three at-bats. He has 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh as both teams made numerous lineup changes. Crawford is hitting .350 in 25 games since moving into the third spot in Tampa Bay's lineup.

"In the two-hole, he gets less opportunities," manager Joe Maddon said. "By putting him [No.] three with two guys with high on-base percentage in front of him, potentially to get on base, that increases his potential to drive in runs."

The Rays fell one homer short of their club record and scored a season high in runs. The outburst came one day after a 12-5 loss to Boston.

The Red Sox were hoping to sweep the three-game series, which ends Wednesday night. That would have put them 4½ games behind the Rays for the wild-card berth. Instead, they are 7½ back and manager Terry Francona abandoned his contingency plan to use Clay Buchholz on three days' rest if the Red Sox had won Tuesday. Instead, Tim Wakefield will start against the Rays.

"I knew very well that this was a critical game," Matsuzaka said, "so to allow what happened to happen so early in the game, I can really only apologize to my teammates and to the fans."

Boston went ahead when Marco Scutaro reached on an error by first baseman Carlos Pena, Darnell McDonald walked and Martinez doubled them home. The only other hit off Price was a single by Martinez in the third.

"Those two runs scored and that was that," Longoria said. "He did a great job settling in. He's been the anchor, he's been the stopper for us and he's been able to get us out of the rut when we need it and tonight was no different."

After tying the game, the Rays scored four runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Matsuzaka walked the first two batters in the fourth then threw late to third when he fielded Upton's sacrifice bunt, loading the bases. He walked Bartlett, forcing in the go-ahead run. After John Jaso struck out, Zobrist singled in a run and Crawford doubled home two.

"Lack of command caught up with him and kind of caught up in a hurry," Francona said.

The Rays scored their six runs in the fifth after the first two batters were retired. Upton singled and Bartlett hit his fourth homer of the year, knocking Matsuzaka out of the game.

Dustin Richardson then walked the next two batters before fielding Crawford's ground single and firing wildly past first base, allowing a run to score. Longoria greeted reliever Robert Manuel with his 20th homer.

After four straight hitless innings, the Red Sox scored three runs in the eighth off Jeremy Hellickson on McDonald's ninth homer and RBI doubles by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jed Lowrie.

Notes

  • Boston C Jason Varitek played for the first time since June 30 after recovering from a broken right foot. He replaced Martinez in the sixth.
  • Zobrist's foul ball over the left field wall hit the sign for the Cask N' Flagon restaurant, a fan favorite across the street from Fenway Park, on a fly.
  • Longoria's homer landed on the roof of a parking garage, also across Lansdowne Street.
  • SS Scutaro started at 2B because right shoulder problems. An MRI on Tuesday showed inflammation in his rotator cuff.
  • Pena is in an 0-for-23 slump and is batting .203.
  • Boston issued its sixth bases-loaded walk in three games.
 
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The Rays' Carl Crawford goes 4 for 4 at the plate before being pulled in the blowout. He has 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats.  (AP)
The Rays' Carl Crawford goes 4 for 4 at the plate before being pulled in the blowout. He has 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

D. McDonald
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C4210113 .280
   a- Rocco Baldelli, PH1000000 .167
Ben Zobrist, 2B3223100 .248
   b- Reid Brignac, PH-SS2000000 .261
Carl Crawford, LF4142000 .307
   c- Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B1000000 .262
Evan Longoria, 3B3113123 .294
   d- Brad Hawpe, PH-1B1000000 .250
Carlos Pena, 1B4000005 .203
    Willy Aybar, 3B1000000 .234
Matt Joyce, RF4100100 .231
Dan Johnson, DH-LF3211200 .194
B.J. Upton, CF3321010 .237
    Dioner Navarro, C1000001 .205
Jason Bartlett, SS3213100 .253
    Desmond Jennings, CF1000010 .000
Totals3914121375  
a-grounded out for Wheeler in the 9th
b-grounded out for Zobrist in the 7th
c-grounded out for Crawford in the 7th
d-grounded out for Longoria in the 7th
Batting
2B - John Jaso (16, Matsuzaka), Carl Crawford 3 (30, Matsuzaka, Matsuzaka, Matsuzaka)
HR - Ben Zobrist (9, Matsuzaka), Evan Longoria (21, Manuel), Dan Johnson (3, Manuel), B.J. Upton (15, Manuel), Jason Bartlett (4, Matsuzaka)
SH - B.J. Upton (1)
RBI - Ben Zobrist 3 (63), Carl Crawford 2 (75), Evan Longoria 3 (95), Dan Johnson (12), B.J. Upton (49), Jason Bartlett 3 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 3 (36), Jason Bartlett 2 (20)
SB - B.J. Upton (39, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Martinez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Brignac-S. Rodriguez-Hawpe
E - Carlos Pena (6, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,17-6) 6221420 2.87
Jeremy Hellickson 1.2333111 3.34
Dan Wheeler 0.1000000 3.43
Mike Ekstrom 1200010 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 95-58, Jeremy Hellickson 39-23, Dan Wheeler 1-1, Mike Ekstrom 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 9-8, Jeremy Hellickson 1-3, Dan Wheeler 1-0, Mike Ekstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 25, Jeremy Hellickson 9, Dan Wheeler 1, Mike Ekstrom 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, 2B3100000 .270
    Josh Reddick, CF2010000 .185
Darnell McDonald, CF-RF3211201 .276
Victor Martinez, C2022000 .292
    Yamaico Navarro, SS2000121 .100
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000012 .322
    Lars Anderson, 1B0100100 .000
David Ortiz, DH2000013 .261
   a- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-DH1111100 .267
Mike Lowell, 1B3000003 .231
    Eric Patterson, LF1000001 .222
Jed Lowrie, SS-2B4011002 .260
J.D. Drew, RF2000000 .254
    Jason Varitek, C2000001 .258
Bill Hall, LF-3B4010000 .247
Totals3457554  
a-walked for Ortiz in the 6th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (29, Price), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3, Hellickson), Jed Lowrie (8, Hellickson)
HR - Darnell McDonald (9, Hellickson)
RBI - Darnell McDonald (32), Victor Martinez 2 (61), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2), Jed Lowrie (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (8)
SB - Darnell McDonald (9, 2nd base off Price/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Dustin Richardson (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,9-5) 4.2888442 4.70
Dustin Richardson0133200 4.91
Robert Manuel 1.1333003 6.23
Michael Bowden 2000100 4.50
Robert Coello 1000010 20.25
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 88-52, Dustin Richardson 17-8, Robert Manuel 24-14, Michael Bowden 28-15, Robert Coello 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-7, Robert Manuel 2-2, Michael Bowden 3-3, Robert Coello 1-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 27, Dustin Richardson 3, Robert Manuel 7, Michael Bowden 7, Robert Coello 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37290
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster