Boston at Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay (35-30)000001000161

Red Sox 2, Rays 1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had another successful spot start.

Aceves threw six solid innings, Daniel Nava hit a home run and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night.

"Ace gave us a huge lift today," Boston manager John Farrell said. "He did an excellent job, and the bullpen came in and was stellar. This was a very good series to win here and Ace had a lot to do with that."

Boston won two of three in the series, which dropped the fourth-place Rays five games behind the Red Sox.

"They did a nice job against us because we've been scoring a lot of runs," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They've gotten us this year in a lot of close games and we have to figure out a way to beat them."

Aceves (3-1), recalled before the game from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed one run, four hits and four walks. This is the right-hander's third stint with the Red Sox this season.

"He came up today, he kept us in the ballgame, and won it for us," Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said.

Aceves allowed one run over six innings in another spot start on May 27, a 9-3 victory against Philadelphia.

Nava put the Red Sox up 2-0 on a third-inning, two-run homer off Chris Archer (1-2), who gave up two runs, four hits, four walks and struck out seven over four innings. The Rays rookie right-hander exuberantly left the mound after striking out Nava with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

"He was into the game just as we were into the game," Nava said of Archer. "I just saw him jump up and down after that. Obviously it was just emotional. He's just out there competing, wanting to win. I get that. It threw me off guard, that's all."

Archer was making his third start this season, and appearing in ninth career big-league game.

"I was pretty amped," Archer said. "I was just competing and I wasn't holding anything back. When I do that, it's not towards the other team."

Evan Longoria got the Rays within 2-1 on a solo home run in the sixth. He has gone deep in three consecutive games after homering just once over his previous 26.

Andrew Bailey, the fourth Boston reliever, pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine opportunties. After Craig Breslow allowed a two-out double in the eighth Kelly Johnson, Koji Uehara entered and struck out Longoria.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and scored on Nava's two-out shot in the third. He also stole two bases in the game, giving him 29 for the year. Ellsbury has scored a run in 10 consecutive games, and stolen a base five straight games.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases by drawing three walks from Aceves in the second, but failed to score when Yunel Escobar hit an inning-ending grounder.

Aceves worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the third by striking out Johnson and getting a double-play grounder by Longoria.

Rays first baseman James Loney made a strong defensive play in the first, diving to his right to take away a potential two-out RBI single from David Ortiz.

Notes

Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz played catch for the first time since leaving his start last Saturday with neck stiffness. He might return to the rotation Sunday or Tuesday. ... Rays LHP David Price, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 with a left triceps strain, will throw in a simulated game Thursday. ... The Red Sox optioned RHP Jose De La Torre to Pawtucket. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy threw the ceremonial first pitch. He was first scheduled to do it May 25, but was delayed that day getting to the ballpark due to a minor vehicle accident in which no one was injured.

 
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Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

D. Nava
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3110210 .283
Daniel Nava, RF-LF4112024 .299
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010011 .327
David Ortiz, DH3000101 .309
Mike Napoli, 1B3000022 .259
Mike Carp, LF4020001 .330
    Shane Victorino, PR-RF0000000 .282
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000022 .278
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000120 .196
Stephen Drew, SS4000012 .223
Totals32252411  
Batting
HR - Daniel Nava (9, Archer)
RBI - Daniel Nava 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Nava 2 (15)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (29, 2nd base off Archer/Lobaton, 3rd base off Archer/Lobaton), Mike Napoli (1, 2nd base off Farnsworth/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Aceves (W,3-1) 6411431 5.58
Junichi Tazawa (H,10) 1000020 2.43
Craig Breslow (H,4) 0.2100020 2.04
Koji Uehara (H,11) 0.1000010 2.36
Andrew Bailey (S,7) 1100020 2.21
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 84-50, Junichi Tazawa 12-10, Craig Breslow 19-12, Koji Uehara 3-3, Andrew Bailey 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 8-5
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 24, Junichi Tazawa 3, Craig Breslow 3, Koji Uehara 1, Andrew Bailey 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, RF3010110 .259
Ben Zobrist, 2B4010011 .273
Kelly Johnson, LF4010022 .257
Evan Longoria, 3B3111112 .305
James Loney, 1B4010001 .321
    Sam Fuld, PR0000000 .190
Desmond Jennings, CF3000101 .251
Luke Scott, DH4000033 .207
Jose Lobaton, C3000111 .286
Yunel Escobar, SS3010013 .251
Totals31161410  
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (10, Aceves), Kelly Johnson (7, Breslow)
HR - Evan Longoria (13, Aceves)
RBI - Evan Longoria (39)
SB - Sam Fuld (3, 2nd base off Bailey/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jose Lobaton (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (L,1-2) 4422471 4.80
Kyle Farnsworth 1.2000010 6.11
Jamey Wright 0.2000010 3.73
Jake McGee 0.2000010 5.76
Joel Peralta 1100000 1.72
Alex Torres 1000010 0.00
HBP - Napoli (by Kyle Farnsworth)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 103-58, Kyle Farnsworth 19-11, Jamey Wright 14-9, Jake McGee 18-13, Joel Peralta 20-12, Alex Torres 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 3-2, Kyle Farnsworth 2-2, Alex Torres 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 20, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Jamey Wright 2, Jake McGee 2, Joel Peralta 4, Alex Torres 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15091
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Chris Guccione