Game over: Red Sox 6, Rays 4 The Red Sox made it three in a row versus the Rays in their season-opening home stand with a 6-4 victory before a Fenway Park crowd of 38.024.
David Ortiz led the way offensively for the Sox, going 3-for-4 with 1 run scored and a pair of doubles, the latter for a run-scoring double to center that scored Kevin Youkilis (walk) with the go-ahead run to break a 4-4 tie.
Cody Ross homered for the second time this season to give the Sox an early 3-0 lead in the second and Mike Aviles also homered for the second time in as many games batting out of the leadoff position to give the Red Sox a 6-4 cushion with his leadoff solo shot in the seventh off Tampa starter Matt Moore (6.1 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HRs).
Vicente Padilla picked up the victory for the Red Sox (4-5) with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Alfredo Aceves picked up his second save in his third opportunity this season.
Bottom of 8th: Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Fernando Rodney entered the game in relief of Joel Peralta (0.2 IP) and retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion. Alfredo Aceves replaced Franklin Morales (1.0 IP, 2 H) to start the ninth.
Bottom of 7th, 1 out, Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Mike Aviles, who found himself batting leadoff for the second game in a row, homered for the second game in a row, hitting a leadoff solo shot to dead center off Moore, who departed the game two batters later. Moore turned it over to Joel Peralta, who got out of the inning by getting Youkilis to fly out to right and Ortiz to hit a broken-bat groundball to first. Moore's line: 6.1 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HRs. Franklin Morales has replaced Padilla (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) in the top of the eighth.
Middle of 7th: Red Sox 5, Rays 4: Despite getting hit on the foot by a Ben Zobrist comebacker to the mound, Padilla showed some toughness staying in the game and getting out of the inning by striking out Luke Scott, Fenway's Public Enemy No. 1, with an 87 changeup.
Bottom of 6th, Red Sox 5, Rays 4: Big Papi continues to be the Big Pun against the Rays. Ortiz spanked a first-pitch fastball from Moore to center field, good for an RBI double (his second of the game) that scored Kevin Youkilis (who walked) with the go-ahead run to make it 5-4. With one out, Moore intentionally walked Ross, got McDonald to ground out to first, and intentionally walked Shoppach to load the bases for Repko, who hit a 3-2 fly ball to right to end the inning.
Top of 6th, Red Sox 4, Rays 4: Luke Scott, that noted trasher of Fenway Park, tarnished Doubront's day, effectively ending it when he tied it, 4-4, with his leadoff solo homer over the Sox bullpen. Scott Atchison relieved Doubront (5+ IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR), who threw 96 pitches (59 strikes). After giving up a hit, a walk and striking out Chris Gimenez on (on a fouled bunt), Atchison (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) turned it over to Vicente Padilla with one out. Padilla struck out Desmond Jennings and got Carlos Pena to fly to right to end the inning.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 4, Rays 3: Sox failed to muster a response when Moore retired side in 1-2-3 order.
Top of 5th, Red Sox 4, Rays 3: After his apparent homer around Pesky Pole in right was ruled a foul (upon further video review), Carlos Pena hit a 2-RBI double to center past the diving Jason Repko to halve the Red Sox lead, 4-2. Evan Longoria followed with a ground-rule double (the third in the game for the Rays) to right, scoring Pena from second to pull the Rays within 1 run. But Doubront prevented the Rays from tying it when he got Keppinger to fly to center and whiffed Ben Zobrist (looking at a 95 fastball) on his 91st pitch of the game. It was Doubront's seventh strikeout of the game, surpassing his previous career-high (6) established in his first start of the season April 9 at Toronto.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 4, Rays 0: Kelly Shoppach, that noted Rays killer, added to his former teammates' misery when he hit an RBI double to left that scored David Ortiz, who reached on a basehit. Ross attempted to take home when a throw to third got away from Evan Longoria. But Longoria atoned when he threw Ross out at the plate to end the inning.
Middle of fourth: Red Sox 3, Rays 0: After Jeff Keppinger led off with a flare to right that hopped into the stands in right for a ground-rule double, Doubront settled down and got Ben Zobrist to line out to third, Luke Scott to fan on an 85 changeup and Keppinger in a 6-5-2-5 rundown between third and home to end the inning.
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 3, Rays 0: Nothing doin' for Sox in bottom of 3d, especially after Moore's 1-2-3 inning.
Middle of 3d, Red Sox 3, Rays 0: Desmond Jennings hit a ground-rule double that eluded Ross's outstretched glove and hopped into the Red Sox bullpen. It would've likely scored Matt Joyce, who reached on a leadoff single to right. But Joyce was ordered back to third. Doubront came back and fanned Pena for the second time in as many at-bats (this time swinging at his nasty 77-m.p.h. curveball) and induced Evan Longoria (now 0-for-10 for the series) to ground to third to end the inning.
Bottom of 2d, Red Sox 3, Rays 0: The beat goes on. Cody Ross crushed an 0-1 offering (a 94-m.p.h. fastball, up in the zone) from Matt Moore over the wall in left for a 3-run homer that scored Kevin Youkilis (leadoff single to left) and David Ortiz (double to right) to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead with no out in the bottom of the second. It was Ross's second homer of the season. Moore got out of the inning by retiring the next three batters he faced.Tampa pitching has now allowed six homers in the last nine innings vs. the Red Sox.
Top of 2d, Red Sox 0, Rays 0: An interesting duel between lefties seemed to take shape as Doubront retired the Rays in 1-2-3 order. Through two innings, Doubront has allowed just one walk and recorded three strikeouts, throwing 30 pitches (17 for strikes).
Bottom of 1st, Red Sox 0, Rays 0: LHP Matt Moore matched Doubront's start, doing so in 1-2-3 fashion. He struck out leadoff hitter Mike Aviles (swinging) and induced Dustin Pedroia to pop to short and Adrian Gonzalez to fly to center. Moore threw eight pitches, six for strikes.
Top of 1st, Red Sox 0, Rays 0: Not a bad start for Doubront. The kid retired three off the first four batters he faced, striking out the first two. He threw only 19 pitches in the process.
Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Sox will look to make it three in a row against the Rays after scoring a 13-5 come-from-behind victory Saturday. It came on the heels of a 12-2 trouncing of the Rays on Opening Day Friday. The Red Sox will send LHP Felix Doubront (0.0, 3.60 ERA) to oppose LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 2.70).
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