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Carp's grand slam propels Red Sox past Rays in 10 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- One big swing by Mike Carp helped the Boston Red Sox extend their commanding lead in the AL East.

Carp connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Wednesday night.

"Come in and do what he did, you only see that in the movies," Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said. "That guy is a good hitter. One day he's going to get plenty of at-bats. He reminds me of myself when I first started. Don't get to play too much, but with a good swing."

Boston has a season-high 9½-game advantage on second-place Tampa Bay in the division race.

Carp sent a drive over the center-field fence on the first pitch from Roberto Hernandez. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar hit one at Milwaukee on June 7, 2003.

"He hung a slider and I did a lot more than I expected to do with it," Carp said.

Carp is 5 for 17 with two home runs and nine RBI as a pinch hitter this year. Boston has seven pinch-hit homers overall on the season.

"Mike has been so productive in that role," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "To sit there for nearly four hours and come up and swing at the first pitch you see for a grand slam, that's pretty remarkable."

Dustin Pedroia opened the 10th with a walk against Joel Peralta (2-7) and went to second on Shane Victorino's bunt. After Ortiz was intentionally walked, Hernandez replaced Peralta and walked Mike Napoli on four pitches before Carp went deep for his ninth homer.

Boston closer Koji Uehara (4-0) struck out two during a perfect ninth. He has retired his last 34 batters.

James Loney homered for the Rays, who have has lost 13 of 17. Tampa Bay's lead for the second AL wild-card spot was trimmed to one game over the New York Yankees, who won 5-4 at Baltimore.

The Rays trailed 3-1 before Evan Longoria doubled in a run in the seventh and Loney hit a tying solo shot off Brandon Workman in the eighth.

Napoli had a two-run double and Daniel Nava hit an RBI grounder off Alex Cobb to put the Red Sox up 3-0 in the third. Napoli has driven in 11 runs over his last seven games.

The Rays got one run back in the third on David DeJesus' RBI double. Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew made a strong defensive play later in the inning with two outs and the bases loaded when he drove to his right to field Desmond Jennings' grounder and then throw out Matt Joyce at second base.

"An awesome play ... what a play," Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster said.

Dempster, who gave up one run, four hits and five walks in five innings, struck out Jennings to leave the bases loaded in the fifth.

"You can slice and dice it, but we had chances to score way more than three runs tonight and didn't do that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Cobb allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay just missed turning a triple play in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Longoria leaped to grab Will Middlebrooks' high-hopper near the line and then landed on the third-base bag. Longoria threw out Drew at second, but Middlebrooks just beat the ensuing throw to first.

Notes

Farrell said RHP Clay Buchholz came through his first start in three months Tuesday night in good shape and will pitch again on Sunday. Buchholz, who had been sidelined by a strained neck, threw five innings in Boston's 2-0 win over the Rays. ... Tampa Bay is hitless in its last 12 at-bats with the bases loaded. ... Texas Rangers senior adviser Tom Giordano scouted the game on the 60th anniversary of his debut as a major-league player with the Philadelphia Athletics, a game in which he hit a home run.

 
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An ecstatic Mike Carp celebrates in the dugout following his go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning. (USATSI)
An ecstatic Mike Carp celebrates in the dugout following his go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Carp
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4220101 .298
Shane Victorino, RF4110021 .292
David Ortiz, DH3200201 .308
Mike Napoli, 1B3112210 .260
Daniel Nava, LF3021000 .300
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1000000 .239
   b-Mike Carp, PH1114000 .314
Stephen Drew, SS5010023 .244
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5000001 .238
David Ross, C3000121 .202
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4010012 .176
Totals3679768  
a-flied out for Nava in the 8th
b-homered for Gomes in the 10th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (25, Cobb), Mike Napoli (36, Cobb), Jackie Bradley Jr. (4, Cobb)
HR - Mike Carp (9, R. Hernandez)
SH - Shane Victorino (8)
RBI - Mike Napoli 2 (87), Daniel Nava (60), Mike Carp 4 (37)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 5411570 4.70
Franklin Morales (H,3) 1000000 5.03
Brandon Workman (BS,1) 2222141 4.58
Koji Uehara (W,4-0) 1000020 1.08
Junichi Tazawa 1000110 2.80
HBP - Longoria (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 106-58, Franklin Morales 17-10, Brandon Workman 40-26, Koji Uehara 17-13, Junichi Tazawa 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-2, Franklin Morales 1-2, Brandon Workman 2-0, Koji Uehara 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 24, Franklin Morales 3, Brandon Workman 9, Koji Uehara 3, Junichi Tazawa 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, LF2011110 .251
   b-Kelly Johnson, PH-LF2000020 .244
Wil Myers, RF5010031 .288
Ben Zobrist, 2B4100102 .274
Evan Longoria, 3B3021100 .266
Matt Joyce, DH2000322 .243
Desmond Jennings, CF4000137 .245
James Loney, 1B5111011 .305
Jose Lobaton, C4000022 .258
Yunel Escobar, SS4110000 .261
Totals35363714  
a-announced for DeJesus in the 7th
b-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (23, Dempster), Evan Longoria 2 (34, Dempster), Yunel Escobar (25, Dempster)
HR - James Loney (12, Workman)
RBI - David DeJesus (29), Evan Longoria (75), James Loney (64)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (33)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney, Longoria-Zobrist-Loney-Longoria-Zobrist, Longoria-Zobrist-Loney-Longoria-Zobrist-Zobrist-Longoria-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb 5.2733340 3.08
Wesley Wright 0.1000000 3.81
Jamey Wright 0.1100010 3.13
Jake McGee 0.2000000 4.02
Alex Torres 1000000 1.59
Fernando Rodney 1000020 3.68
Joel Peralta (L,2-7) 0.1022200 3.03
Roberto Hernandez 0.2122111 4.93
IBB - Ortiz by Alex Cobb, Ortiz by Joel Peralta
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 98-60, Wesley Wright 3-3, Jamey Wright 6-6, Jake McGee 5-4, Alex Torres 11-7, Fernando Rodney 15-9, Joel Peralta 11-3, Roberto Hernandez 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 10-2, Wesley Wright 1-0, Jake McGee 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-0, Roberto Hernandez 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 26, Wesley Wright 1, Jamey Wright 2, Jake McGee 1, Alex Torres 3, Fernando Rodney 3, Joel Peralta 3, Roberto Hernandez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19215
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Angel Hernandez