Boston at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: F. Doubront (4-1) L: M. Moore (1-4)
S: A. Aceves (8)
HR: BOS - M. Byrd (1),C. Ross (7)   TB - None

Ross, Doubront lead BoSox past Rays wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cody Ross helped the Boston Red Sox rebound from a frustrating loss.

Ross had a home run and four RBI, Felix Doubront won his third consecutive start and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday night.

"I was going after this game tonight," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "The guys really wanted this game, and I was just going to do everything we could to win it. Just frustration [from Wednesday's loss], and we wanted to get back into the winning ways."

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The Red Sox were beaten 2-1 on Wednesday. The Rays' go-ahead run scored when Ross, in right field, had problems with the Tropicana Field roof and had to backpedal to catch Luke Scott's shallow sacrifice fly.

Ross extended Boston's lead to 5-2 Thursday on a two-run single off reliever Wade Davis with two outs in the eighth.

"Cody was big," Valentine said. "Cody will give you everything he has, and it's enough for me."

Doubront (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander was hit on the ear by a ball during batting practice Tuesday and cleared one day later to make his scheduled start.

Matt Moore (1-4) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings for Tampa Bay, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

"I thought he finished really strong," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "That's definitely a game to build off. He definitely pitched well enough to win. Confidence is a big thing. I know he's going to sleep better. Despite the loss, he's going to feel better about himself. That's just a right step in the right direction."

Moore retired his last 10 batters. He struck out eight and walked one.

Alfredo Aceves, the fifth Boston reliever, got four outs for his eighth save. He allowed B.J. Upton's RBI single with two outs in the eighth.

After falling behind in the count 0-2, Ross worked a bases-loaded walk off Moore to put the Red Sox up 1-0 in the first. Moore avoided further damage by striking out Daniel Nava to end the inning.

Boston went ahead 2-0 on Marlon Byrd's second-inning homer. Ross made it 3-0 with his seventh homer, on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the third.

Jeff Keppinger got the Rays within 3-1 on an RBI single in the third. Upton reached base with two outs when Kelly Shoppach was charged with catcher's interference and went to second when Luke Scott was hit by a pitch.

Rich Thompson, who has played in 1,388 minor-league games, cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 3-2 with his first big league hit, a run-scoring single in the fourth. Thompson, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday, also stole second and third after his hit.

The Rays loaded the bases later in the fourth with two outs, but Scott hit a hard liner that was caught by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

"We always have pretty good series against the Rays," Boston shortstop Mike Aviles said. "The fact they won [Wednesday] in a close game, and another close game today, it's definitely good to get that win. Bobby did the right thing mixing and matching later in the game."

Aviles was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing after striking out. It was his first career ejection.

"Guys had complaints tonight and I was with them," Valentine said. "We've got to fight through it, that's for sure. We're trying our hardest, and I think they're trying their hardest, too."

Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes was not in the lineup a night after being hit by a pitch in the right arm, fainting after walking to first base and having to be driven off the field on a cart. Maddon said Rhymes, who is day to day with a bruised right forearm, was feeling better and wanted to take batting practice but the team trainer wouldn't allow it.


  • Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer returned to Tropicana Field for a game for the first time since the opening weekend of the season against the New York Yankees. The 81-year-old ex-Red Sox and Cubs manager has been undergoing dialysis for kidney problems.
  • Valentine said DH David Ortiz will play first base and Gonzalez will move to right field for at least one game of this weekend's interleague series at Philadelphia.
  • Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria (partial tear left hamstring) took grounders and continues taking batting practice.
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Cody Ross raps a two-out single in the eighth inning that pushes Boston's lead to 5-2.  (US Presswire)
Cody Ross raps a two-out single in the eighth inning that pushes Boston's lead to 5-2. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

C. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Mike Aviles, SS4110010 .268
    Nick Punto, SS1000000 .143
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5120031 .313
David Ortiz, DH3110101 .345
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000012 .273
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000023 .259
Cody Ross, RF3124100 .262
Daniel Nava, LF3000113 .409
Marlon Byrd, CF4111032 .202
Kelly Shoppach, C3000020 .250
   a- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-C1000000 .269
a-grounded out for Shoppach in the 9th
HR - Cody Ross (7, Moore), Marlon Byrd (1, Moore)
RBI - Cody Ross 4 (27), Marlon Byrd (8)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 4 (11)
Team LOB - 6
PB - Kelly Shoppach (4)
E - Kelly Shoppach (1, Interference)
Boston Red Sox
Felix Doubront (W,4-1) 5.2621470 4.09
Rich Hill (H,1) 0.1000000 1.13
Scott Atchison (H,1) 0.1000000 1.13
Andrew Miller (H,3) 0.1000010 0.00
Vicente Padilla (H,6) 1111010 5.63
Alfredo Aceves (S,8) 1.1100000 5.29
HBP - Scott (by Felix Doubront), Thompson (by Vicente Padilla)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 96-61, Rich Hill 3-2, Scott Atchison 2-2, Andrew Miller 5-3, Vicente Padilla 16-9, Alfredo Aceves 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 4-6, Scott Atchison 1-0, Vicente Padilla 1-1, Alfredo Aceves 4-0
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 29, Rich Hill 1, Scott Atchison 1, Andrew Miller 1, Vicente Padilla 5, Alfredo Aceves 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, RF4010111 .227
B.J. Upton, CF3121110 .262
Luke Scott, DH4000007 .225
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4021100 .298
Carlos Pena, 1B5000034 .225
Sean Rodriguez, 3B5110002 .246
Elliot Johnson, SS3000132 .273
Chris Gimenez, C3000002 .208
   a- Matt Joyce, PH-LF1110000 .289
Rich Thompson, LF3011010 .333
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .191
a-doubled for Gimenez in the 8th
2B - B.J. Upton (5, Doubront), Matt Joyce (4, Padilla)
RBI - B.J. Upton (13), Jeff Keppinger (8), Rich Thompson (1)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton (4), Jeff Keppinger (5), Rich Thompson (1)
SB - Ben Zobrist (3, 2nd base off Doubront/Shoppach), Rich Thompson 2 (2, 2nd base off Doubront/Shoppach, 3rd base off Doubront/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 12
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Moore (L,1-4) 6533182 5.20
Burke Badenhop 1111030 4.74
J.P. Howell 0.1011100 2.70
Wade Davis 1.2100120 1.86
HBP - Gonzalez (by Matt Moore)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 106-67, Burke Badenhop 15-11, J.P. Howell 6-2, Wade Davis 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 5-5, Wade Davis 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 25, Burke Badenhop 4, J.P. Howell 2, Wade Davis 7
Game Information
Attendance - 19842
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt