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Final: Rays 7, Red Sox 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 9, 2011 07:11 PM

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Game over: Rays 7, Red Sox 2

The Rays are now just five games back in the loss column vs. Boston for the wild-card spot, with six games left to play vs. Boston. The Red Sox allowed Wade Davis to pitch a complete game before 18,842 at Tropicana Field.

Bottom 8th: Rays 7, Red Sox 2

Another bad night for the Red Sox. Offense just frozen by Wade Davis. The Sox were hitting .168 vs. the Rays coming in and managed six hits so far tonight.

Bottom 6th: Rays 7, Red Sox 2

Back-to-back doubles by Jaso and Brignac accounted for the sixth run for the Rays against Atchison. Evan Longoria's ground-rule double, drove in yet another run. Atchision is out and Felix Doubront is in.

Top 6th: Rays 5, Red Sox 2

The Red Sox finally scored off Wade Davis, who had been 0-2 with an 11.12 in three previous starts against Boston An infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury scored Josh Reddick, who singled and went to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double. Scutaro knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Top 5th: Rays 5, Red Sox 0

Sox got a single by Crawford with two outs but it didn't amount to a hill of beans. Scott Atchison is about to begin his second inning of relief. With the rosters expanding, at least
he won't get sent down again. Lackey lasted three innings, five runs. For a team missing three of its starting pitchers he needed to step up. A scout at the game tonight said he had no life in his arm and he was tipping his changeup.

Bottom 3rd: Rays 5, Red Sox 0

This is kind of pathetic now. Lackey had two outs, then allowed a single to Evan Longoria, a walk to Ben Zobrist and a grounder to first by Johnny Damon, who beat Gonzalez' throw to Lackey at first base. Lackey then tried to nail Longoria trying to score. Too late. Matt Joyce followed with a single to right scoring Zobrist. Kotchman walked to load the bases. Jaso hit a hard liner off Lackey's leg. He retrieved the ball and threw the catcher out for the final out.

Top 3rd: Rays 3, Red Sox 0

Sox respond...er...don't respond. Jed Lowrie and Josh Reddick struck out and Salty flew out to left. Wade Davis is humming right now.,

Bottom 2nd: Rays 3, Red Sox 0

Are we surprised? Nope. John Lackey just gave up a three-run homer to .221-hitting catcher John Jaso. It was smoked on a 3-and-1 meatball. Lackey had allowed a single to Ben Zobrist and he walked Casey Kotchman.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0

A swinging bunt by Dustin Pedroia, who needed a hit, but he was thrown out stealing when David Ortiz swung and missed for strike three. Carl Crawford was booed when he came to the plate.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0

With all the pitching injuries, John Lackey needs to step up.Did so in the first with a 1-2-3 inning.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0

Sox go down in order vs. Wade Davis. A pop up to third (Ellsbury), liner to right (Marco Scutaro) and a strikeout (Gonzalez).

Pre-game:

Welcome from Tropicana Field. Not much of a crowd here for such an important series. The Rays would have to go 16-4 the rest of the way while the Red Sox went 8-11 to catch Boston. They have seven games remaining vs. the Rays. So this isn't over yet.

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