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Updates: Red Sox vs. Rays

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  May 9, 2009 07:14 PM

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SOX LOSE (7:13, END 9, 14-5 RAYS)
It's over. Kazmir gets the win, Lester the loss. Evan Longoria drove in five runs, brining his season total against the Sox to 21.

SOX SUBS (6:34, END 6, 13-5 RAYS)
The Red Sox added another run on an RBI single from Lowell, which drove in Pedroia, who reached on a fielder's choice. Nick Green replaced Lowell at third, Kottaras replaced Varitek behind the plate, and Javier Lopez replaced Saito.

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD (6:20, BOT 6, 13-4 RAYS)
Lugo turned the boos into cheers with a home run high down the leftfield line that hooked around the foul pole. That's his first home run of the year. Every Red Sox player on the 25-man roster has a home run this season except for George Kottaras and David Ortiz.

SAITO STRUGGLES (6:16, MID 6, 13-3 RAYS)
The Rays tacked on three more runs, two on a Ben Zobrist two-run single to right and another on a sacrifice fly deep to the triangle by Iwamura. The Rays have 15 hits today. The Red Sox showed some life last inning, but that's probably not going to be enough. The crowd booed Lugo as he walked to the batter's box to lead off the sixth.

Nelson has replaced Kazmir, who is in line for the win.

RAYS BUST IT OPEN -- AGAIN (5:55, TOP 6, 10-3 RAYS)
The Rays loaded the bases with no outs again, and this time the damage came more rapidly. Pena ripped a double to right, scoring Upton and Crawford. That ends Jones's day. Takashi Saito enters with no one out and men on second and third with Burrell coming to bat.

SOX LEAVE 'EM LOADED (5:44, END 5, 8-3 RAYS)
Bailey walked to load the bases. Varitek went to a 2-0 count, then swung and missed at what would have been ball three. Varitek fouled off a pitch, then watched a ball. On the 3-2 count, Varitek grounded to third, where Longoria fielded the ball and stepped on third. The Sox had a chance to get back into the game, but they've still got a ways to go.

Joe Nelson was warming up in the Rays bullpen, and Kazmir might be done. He's thrown about 95 pitches today. Jones is still in for the Sox.

SOX CHIP AWAY (5:37, BOT 5, 8-3 RAYS)
The Red Sox might not quit without a fight here. Ellsbury led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pedroia flied to right, and Ellsbury moved to third on Ortiz's grounder to the right side. Bay drove in Ellsbury with a hard single to left. Lowell followed with a Wall-scraping double, which scored Bay. Baldelli reached on an error by Longoria, and the Sox now have men on first and third with two outs and Bailey up.

Lester now has a 12.54 ERA in two starts against the Rays. For the season, Lester has a 6.31 ERA in seven starts, a stat no one would have anticipated seeing.

INNING OVER, AT LAST (5:28, MID 5, 8-1 RAYS)
The Rays added one more run on a grounder up the middle, which Lugo fielded and made an out at second with, but he couldn't make the throw to first. Lugo was jeered a few times that inning for his defense, but I think that owed more to his reputation. Navarro's hit maybe he should have had. Otherwise, I think the fans directed their frustration at Lugo because he's had his defensive troubles in the past and a lot of balls happened to be hit on the ground through the left side. My only quibble was Navarro's hit, and even that would have been a tough play.

LESTER'S DONE (5:16, TOP 5, 7-1 RAYS)
Lester died a slow death in the fifth inning. The Rays needled him with six singles and a double, knocking him out after they scored five runs with one out. Burrell provided a two-run single past a diving Lowell, and Bartlett followed with another single through the left side. Hunter Jones has replaced Lester.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE (5:11, TOP 5, 5-1 RAYS)
Longoria delivered a Wall-scraping double to score two more runs. He's got four RBI today, 20 for the year against the Red Sox. Still no outs.

RAYS SCORE, THREATENING FOR MORE (5:09, TOP 5, 3-1 RAYS)
The Rays have the bases loaded with no outs and a run already home by playing station-to-station ball. Iwamura singled. Navarro singled to left on a ball that scooted under Lugo's glove. Upton made a sacrifice bunt that was so well placed he beat Lester's throw by half a step at first. Crawford singled. And guess who's up? Longoria.

KAZMIR ROLLS (5:00, END 4, 2-1 RAYS)
Baldelli kept his strong day going with a hard single to left, but he was erased one batter later when Bailey grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Varitek kept the inning alive with a walk. Lugo ended it with a grounder to second.

A STRIKING PERFORMANCE (4:54, MID 4, 2-1 RAYS)
Pena struck out swinging. Pat Burrell ripped a single off the Monster. Lester struck out Bartlett on another cutter that dove toward his ankles. With Kapler at bat, Lester picked off Burrell, who charged toward second. Jeff Bailey's throw deflected off Burrell's shoulder into the outfield, allowing him to scoot to third. Lester made it irrelevant, striking out Kapler on a 1-2 curveball he swung over. Lester's last five outs have come by the strike out.

SOX GO IN ORDER (4:42, END 3, 2-1 RAYS)
But not quietly. Ortiz led off with a deep fly ball to right, and Kapler tracked it down on the warning track just in front of the Red Sox bullpen. Bay grounded to third, but nearly beat Longoria's throw. Lowell flied to the warning track center, but Upton ran it down.

LESTER DOMINANT (4:37, MID 3, 2-1 RAYS)
Lester's looked as good as he has all season in the third inning. He got Upton to ground to second. He struck out Crawford with a 95-mile-per-hour fastball, and he got Longoria swining at a 90-mph cutter that nearly hit him in the shoelaces.

SOX STRAND TWO MORE (4:30, END 2, 2-1 RAYS)
Varitek struck out after Bailey's single, and Julio Lugo followed with a great drop bunt down the third base line; Longoria had no chance, even if his barehand attempt had worked. Jacoby Ellsbury drilled a ball to right, but Kapler tracked it down and made an over-the-shoulder catch. Pedroia flied to left, and another two runners were stranded. That's four in two innings.

ROCCO GOES DEEP (4:19, BOT 2, 2-1 RAYS)
Rocco Baldelli hit his first home run as a Red Sox against Scott Kazmir, who had been his teammate for nearly his entire career. Baldelli blasted a 3-2 pitch over the Green Monster, bringing the Sox within one. Jeff Bailey followed with a sharp single to left. No outs, one on.

LESTER BOUNCES BACK (4:16, MID 2, 2-0 RAYS)
The Red Sox were held scoreless in the first desptie a Dustin Pedroia walk and a David Ortiz check-swing single to left down the line. Lester calmed down after his first. Jason Bartlett flied to left. Gabe Kapler grounded to third. Akinori Iwamura crushed a double to right, then stole third. Dioner Navarro ripped a liner to left, but Bay made the catch to end the inning.

LONGO'S LONGBALL (3:53, TOP 1, 2-0 RAYS)
Evan Longoria entered the game with four home runs and 16 RBIs against the Red Sox in eight games. In his first at-bat, he continued his assault on Red Sox pitching, launching a 3-2 pitch from Jon Lester to center field. The ball traveled with such force that it dinged the top of the centerfield wall and carred about 15 rows up. It was absolutely smoked. The homer gave the Rays a 2-0 lead, as Carl Crawford was on base after a four-pitch walk. Lester escaped the inning with a pair of fly balls to center, but there was no escaping Longoria, who's now hitting .412 against the Red Sox this season, with 18 of his league-high 41 RBIs.

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