Boston at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: C. Archer (1-3) L: D. Matsuzaka (1-6)
HR: BOS - None   TB - J. Keppinger (7),C. Pena (18)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon knows that even after a much-needed victory, his team still has an uphill battle to make the AL playoffs.

Desmond Jennings hit a two-run triple during Tampa Bay's seven-run sixth-inning, and the Rays snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 13-3 on Wednesday night.

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Despite the win, Tampa Bay fell 6 ½ games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who swept a day-night doubleheader against Toronto. The Rays started play six games back in the AL wild-card race.

"We want to do a little of Minnesota Fats ... got to run the table," Maddon said. "We've got to believe we can do it. We have to get really hot. We have no alternative. The standings are very difficult, but we are alive and kicking."

Jennings also scored following his triple against reliever Alfredo Aceves when the throw from the outfield eluded third baseman Pedro Ciriaco.

Four Boston pitchers walked six in the sixth, including passes to Carlos Pena and Jose Molina with the bases loaded. Luke Scott had a sacrifice fly, and Jeff Keppinger added an RBI single.

"Walks are the killer bee," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

Keppinger hit a solo homer, and Pena added a two-shot off Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6) as Tampa Bay went ahead 5-3 in the fourth.

Chris Archer (1-3) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings for the Rays, who won for the second time in nine games. It was the rookie's first major league win.

"It feels pretty good," Archer said. "This is a classic example of keep the team in the game for as long as you can and they'll pull it out for you. I think it was big all around tonight. It's hard not to be selfish, but as a team it's awesome that we got the win, and for it to be my first one, that's pretty amazing, too."

The Red Sox (68-82), assured of their first losing season since 1997, got two RBI from Jacoby Ellsbury.

Boston took a 3-1 lead in the third on Ellsbury's run-scoring single and an RBI grounder by Dustin Pedroia. Ellsbury has 10 RBI in his last 11 games.

Ben Zobrist, who drove in four runs in the Rays' 7-5 loss to Boston on Tuesday, cut the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single later in the third.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs during the second on singles by Evan Longoria, Scott and Keppinger. The Rays scored just once to tie it at 1 when Matt Joyce followed with a walk. Matsuzaka avoided further damage by striking out Pena and getting a double-play grounder from Molina.

Joyce also had an eighth-inning RBI single.

Matsuzaka gave up five runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. The right-hander is 2-8 in 14 starts against Tampa Bay.

"After the first inning, I kept throwing it where they wanted the ball, and they never miss those pitches. It really hurt me," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. "As always I'm disappointed in myself for not helping my team out. It's been really hard to keep the positive going so far."

Valentine didn't directly answer a question about whether Matsuzaka will make another start this season.

"We'll see what he's feeling like [Thursday]," Valentine said. "Maybe a little more rest is what's needed at this time of year."

Matsuzaka had elbow ligament replacement surgery in June 2011 and started this season on the disabled list.

Ciriaco had a leadoff single in the first, stole second, and scored on Ellsbury's single to make it 1-0. Ciriaco is 15-for-15 in stolen-base attempts this season.


  • Tampa Bay LHP David Price (18-5) will go for his 19th win this season against Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (11-6) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday night.
  • Red Sox RHP Daniel Bard faced five batters. He walked three and gave up one hit.
  • Aceves allowed four runs in two-plus innings.
  • Justin Gatlin, the 100-meter bronze medalist at the London Olympics, threw the ceremonial first pitch.
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Desmond Jennings' two-run triple highlights the Rays' seven-run sixth-inning in their victory over the Red Sox. (Getty Images)
Desmond Jennings' two-run triple highlights the Rays' seven-run sixth-inning in their victory over the Red Sox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Keppinger
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

J. Ellsbury
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Boston Red Sox
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B-CF4220010 .296
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3032000 .280
    Mauro Gomez, 3B1000000 .299
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3001011 .289
    Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B1000010 .231
Cody Ross, RF3000022 .274
    Scott Podsednik, LF1000000 .297
James Loney, 1B3000111 .254
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH3000130 .229
Ryan Lavarnway, C3000011 .165
    Guillermo Quiroz, C1000010 .000
Daniel Nava, LF-RF2000101 .242
Jose Iglesias, SS2100101 .057
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (26), Dustin Pedroia (62)
SB - Pedro Ciriaco (15, 2nd base off Archer/Molina)
CS - Jacoby Ellsbury (3, 2nd base by Archer/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Ciriaco-Loney, Ciriaco-Pedroia-Loney
PB - Guillermo Quiroz (1)
E - Alfredo Aceves (2, Throwing), Pedro Ciriaco (8, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,1-6) 3955122 7.68
Alfredo Aceves 2344210 5.00
Daniel Bard 0.1133300 6.33
Andrew Miller0000200 3.29
Scott Atchison 1.2000010 1.68
Chris Carpenter 1211210 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 63-35, Alfredo Aceves 47-25, Daniel Bard 16-4, Andrew Miller 11-3, Scott Atchison 10-8, Chris Carpenter 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 3-3, Alfredo Aceves 2-3, Scott Atchison 2-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 18, Alfredo Aceves 11, Daniel Bard 5, Andrew Miller 2, Scott Atchison 4, Chris Carpenter 7
Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, LF5222102 .249
B.J. Upton, CF4110002 .249
   a- Rich Thompson, PH-CF2000013 .095
Ben Zobrist, SS3111121 .267
   b- Reid Brignac, PH-3B1000000 .100
Evan Longoria, 3B3210101 .277
   c- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS1000010 .243
Luke Scott, DH3121101 .222
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4232001 .322
    Ryan Roberts, 2B1000001 .237
Matt Joyce, RF3122201 .249
Carlos Pena, 1B2213313 .195
Jose Molina, C3121101 .207
    Stephen Vogt, C1000002 .000
a-popped out for Upton in the 7th
b-grounded out for Zobrist in the 7th
c-struck out for Longoria in the 7th
2B - B.J. Upton (25, Aceves), Luke Scott (18, Carpenter), Jose Molina (8, Matsuzaka)
3B - Desmond Jennings (6, Aceves)
HR - Jeff Keppinger (7, Matsuzaka), Carlos Pena (18, Matsuzaka)
SF - Luke Scott (4)
RBI - Desmond Jennings 2 (44), Ben Zobrist (69), Luke Scott (50), Jeff Keppinger 2 (34), Matt Joyce 2 (54), Carlos Pena 3 (54), Jose Molina (26)
SB - Desmond Jennings (28, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Lavarnway)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Keppinger-Zobrist-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer (W,1-3) 5533460 3.62
Jake McGee (H,16) 1000020 1.97
Brandon Gomes 2000010 5.17
Dane De La Rosa 1000020 15.75
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 95-58, Jake McGee 18-12, Brandon Gomes 21-17, Dane De La Rosa 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 5-2, Jake McGee 1-0, Brandon Gomes 2-3, Dane De La Rosa 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 22, Jake McGee 3, Brandon Gomes 6, Dane De La Rosa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12708
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn