ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ 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.
Despite the win, Tampa Bay fell 61/2 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
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.
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 over five
innings for the Rays, who won for the second time in nine games. It
was the rookie’s first major league win.
The Red Sox (68-82), assured of their first losing season since
1997, got two RBIs 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 RBIs
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, but 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.
Ciriaco had a leadoff single in the first, stole second and
scored to make it 1-0 on Ellsbury’s single. Ciriaco is 15-for-15 in
stolen-base attempts this season.
Notes: 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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