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Rays pound Red Sox; extend AL East advantage

Sep 18, 2008 - 4:38 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Willy Aybar, Gabe Gross and Fernando Perez each homered as the Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, on Wednesday.

After losing the series opener to Boston, 13-5, the Rays (90-60) won the final two games to open a two-game lead over the Red Sox (89-63) atop the American League East.

With Minnesota's loss at Cleveland, Tampa Bay also reduced its magic number to three to clinch a playoff berth and 10 to win the AL East. The Rays host the Twins (82-70) in a four-game series and can clinch a playoff berth with two wins.

"We win the season series (against the Red Sox), which has an impact, potentially, and furthermore it's winning the (current) series again two out of three," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

All of the Rays' home runs came in the first three innings off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (9-11).

"We've gotten so many good games out of (Wakefield)," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I thought their approach was pretty good and then he left a few up and they started whacking the ball pretty good."

Aybar had never faced Wakefield before, but Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon decided to start him on a hunch. Aybar homered on the first pitch from Wakefield, with his two-run home run giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the first.

Gross and Perez added back-to-back homers in the second, making it 5-2.

"Perez has done a tremendous job," Maddon said. "He's doing more than I expected, quite frankly."

Aybar and Perez, both switch hitters, opted to hit righthanded against the righthanded Wakefield.

"It's been really exciting," Perez said. "It's been exciting to be called up and creating historic things. It's been icing on the cake.

"This is awesome. I'm just out here contributing. This is bigger than any one player."

Aybar, who finished with three RBI, and Perez each added an RBI single in the third to put the game away.

David Ortiz hit two homers off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza and accounted for all three runs for the Red Sox. He also had two of Boston's six hits off four Rays pitchers.

"It was huge for us to get three runs in the first, especially since I gave up two runs in the first," Garza said. "It kind of made a nice little cushion."

Garza left with two outs in the fifth with two on when Ortiz came to the plate for a third time. Grant Balfour (5-2) retired the slugger on a fly to center to keep Tampa Bay's lead at 8-3.

"I thought it was the big play of the game," Francona said. "I'm sure they thought it was too, that's why Balfour was in the game. It was a huge at bat."

Balfour allowed one hit in two innings and struck out two as three relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Wakefield lasted only 2 1/3 innings, the second time in his last three starts that he has failed to reach the fourth inning. The veteran righthander allowed six hits and six runs while striking out two.

"It is what it is," Wakefield said. "The offense scores two in the first and I gave up the lead. I didn't make the right pitches at the right time."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
    TAMPA BAY 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 x 10 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - TIM WAKEFIELD, DEVERN HANSACK (3RD), JAVIER LOPEZ (3RD), DAVID
    AARDSMA (3RD), MANNY DELCARMEN (5TH), HIDEKI OKAJIMA (7TH),
    DAVID PAULEY (8TH), CHRIS SMITH (8T

    Sep 17 10:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED FERNANDO PEREZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, J BARTLETT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    TAMPA BAY 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.278, 1-FOR-4)

    Red Sox 3, Rays 10  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 10:14 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BARTLETT SCORED GABE GROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARTLETT ON FIRST, F PEREZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    TAMPA BAY 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.245, 0-FOR-2, BB, SF, RBI)

    Red Sox 3, Rays 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 10:11 PM
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    Red Sox 3, Rays 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 17 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID ORTIZ (21) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MATT GARZA.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3, TAMPA BAY 8
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.309, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 3, Rays 8  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 17 8:28 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FERNANDO PEREZ SCORED DIONER NAVARRO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, F PEREZ ON FIRST, G GROSS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 8 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.278, 1-FOR-2)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 8  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 17 8:18 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JAVIER LOPEZ ALLOWED WILLY AYBAR TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G GROSS ON FIRST, D NAVARRO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: F PEREZ (.250, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 7  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 17 8:16 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLY AYBAR SCORED EVAN LONGORIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W AYBAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.292, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 17 8:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY FERNANDO PEREZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF TIM WAKEFIELD.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2, TAMPA BAY 5
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.279, 1-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 17 7:46 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY WILLY AYBAR (10) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF TIM WAKEFIELD SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2, TAMPA BAY 3
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.293, 6 HR, 47 RBI)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 7:31 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS PENA SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARTLETT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.278, 22 HR, 74 RBI)

    Red Sox 2, Rays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 7:26 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 2 2 2 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - TIM WAKEFIELD
    TAM - MATT GARZA

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.277, 6 HR, 43 RBI)
    J BARTLETT (.276, 1 HR, 30 RBI)
    C PENA (.246, 29 HR, 89 RBI

    Red Sox 2, Rays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 7:18 PM
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