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Final: Red Sox 7, Rays 5

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 18, 2012 07:23 PM

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Game over: The Red Sox went down in order in the top of the ninth, then the Rays had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning, but B.J. Upton flied out to center field to end the game.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 5 A leadoff single by Jeff Keppinger vs. Vicente Padilla. Valentine yanked him for Craig Breslow who got Luke Scott on a fielder's choice and then Ryan Roberts knocked into an inning-ending double-play.

Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 5 Sox go down. Ellsbury walked but nothing else doing.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 5 Clayton Mortensen ran into major control issues and loaded the bases before leaving for Junichi Tazawa, who allowed a two-run single to Ben Zobrist. Tazawa got Evan Longoria to ground out to minimize the damage.

Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 3 Red Sox broke it open with a two-out rally scoring three times. Cody Ross walked and stole second base and Loney also walked before Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in the fifth Sox run. Ryan Lavarnway then stroked a two-run double to the rightcenter gap scoring a pair of runs.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Rays 3 Give Felix Doubront a lot of credit for a nice recovery. He retired the Rays in order in the sixth.

Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Rays 3 Ryan Lavarnway singled to left and Scott Podsednik broke an 0-for-18 with a single to right. After a Jose Iglesias ground ball out advancd the runners, Pedro Ciriaco's speed caused havoc as Sean Rodriguez rushed his throw to first and overthrew the bag. The go-ahead run scored, But Podsednick also tried to score from second and was thrown out after failing to slide. Podsednik seemed upset that on-deck hitter Jacoby Ellsbury didn't give him the slide sign.

Bottom 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 Doubront allowed a walk to Desmond Jennings but continued to go on the right path after his horrible third inning.

Top 5th Rays 3, Red Sox 3 Sox tie it with a nifty rally against Jeremy Hellickson. Jose Iglesias drew a walk, Pedro Ciriaco singled sending Iglesias to third. Jacoby Ellsbury singled in Iglesias flashing good speed. Ciriaco then scored on Dustin Pedroia' medium fly ball to center. All tied up. Hellickson lasted four innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He had seven strikeouts.

Bottom 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 Doubront got it back together striking out two of three batters he faced. Still painfully slow.

Top 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox chipped into the Rays lead when James Loney's single to right drove in Cody Ross, who doubled to right to start the inning. Hellickson dug in after that and retired Boston's nest three batters.

Bottom 3rd: Rays 3, Red Sox 0 Felix Doubront completely lost his control. He walked the bases loaded, allowed a two-run single to Ben Zobrist and a sac fly to Evan Longoria. Doubront worked extra slow and seemed not confident in himself at all.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 The Rays showed why they're the worst defensive team in the league. With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an error by third baseman Sean Rodriguez. Jeremy Hellickson then threw his pickoff throw to first away, sending Ellsbury all the way around to third base. Third base coach Jerry Royster was actually about to send him, but held him uip at the last minute which proved to be a wise decision. But Dustin Pedroia couldn't get Ellsbury in when he flew out to center field.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Doubront retired the first two batters and then walked Ben Francisco, falling behind 3-1 before issuing the free pass. Doubront retired Ryan Roberts on a grounder to Pedro Ciriaco at third base.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 The Sox put a couple of baserunners on vs. Hellickson but couldn't break into the scoring column. Cody Ross singled to lead it off, but after two outs, Ryan Lavarnway drew a walk. But Scott Podsednik struck out to end the inning.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Felix Doubront's first turn around the Rays lineup was also fruitful with a strikeout and a pair of fly ball outs.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Jeremy Hellickson started strong with two strikeouts (Pedro Ciriaco and Jacoby Ellsbury) and a ground out by Dustin Pedroia. The Rays need this game badly.

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