Game over The Red Sox had one outstanding inning - an 8-run 3rd - and that propelled to an easy win over the Rays who lost David Price to triceps tightness in the third inning. Stephen Drew had a big night - a grand-slam in the third inning, which he also started with a walk. Drew also doubled. Jon Lester improved to 6-0 with the easy win. He went 7 innings and allowed 8 hits and 2 runs with no walks and 5 strikeouts. Jose de la Torre finished off the 9th for Boston and recorded 2 Ks in his 1-2-3 innings. The game was played in 3:31 before 15,767 at The Trop.
Top 9th: Red Sox 9, Rays 2 - Ellsbury drew a walk. but nothing else.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Rays 2 - Rays had two on against Koji Uehara and Matt Joyce just missed a home run on a foul ball, but Uehara got out of the jam.
Top 8th: Red Sox 9, Rays 2 - Will Middlebrooks slams his 7th home run to right field. He's also doubled.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Rays get a leadoff single by Ryan Roberts vs. Lester, but Lester got the next three batters. Thinking he's done in what's turned into garbage time here.
Top 7th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Sox go down in order.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Yunel Escobar doubled with one out and Sean Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, but the Rays couldn't break Lester.
Top 6th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets robbed of extra bases on a great catch by Desmond Jennings. Stephen Drew continued to hit well with a double to left, but the Sox couldn't put another run on the board.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Lester makes quick order of the top of the Rays order.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Sox go down in order.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Rays sting a couple of back-to-back singles (Rodriguez and Molina) with two outs off Lester, but Lester fans Ryan Roberts to end the threat.
Top 4th: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - Red Sox go three-up and three down vs. Wright.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 8, Rays 2 - The Rays still have time to chip away. Ryan Roberts reached on an infield hit toward third base and was driven in on Desmond Jennings' triple to right. The second run came in on Ben Zobrist's grounder to third.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 8, Rays 0 - The Red Sox, silent for so long, busted out in a big way with their best inning of the season scoring eight runs. Bad turn of events for Rays as they lose David Price to some sort of forearm or elbow injury. Price walked No. 9 hitter Stephen Drew, allowed a single to center to Jacoby Ellsbury and a run-producing single by Dustin Pedroia. After David Ortiz singled in a run with a hit to shallow left, Price was flexing his left forearm area and then came out of the game. Veteran reliever Jamey Wright certainly couldn't stop the bleeding, greeted with an RBI double to right-center by Mike Napoli and a single to center by Jonny Gomes, driving in the fourth run. Gomes was 0-for-13. Drew, who lead off the inning with a walk, topped off the inning with a grand slam off Wright who is obviously taking one for the team.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 - Lester allows a hard-hit single by James Loney to center, but then Loney makes a bad base-running blunder when he gets caught off second base bag on a Sean Rodriguez grounder and gets erased from the basepaths.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 - Two innings, two runners stranded in scoring position. Will Middlebrooks doubled with two outs, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hitting .105 right-handed entering the at-bat, struck out to end the inning. Price underwent testing for allergic reactions he's been having. One problem may have been the detergent used in the Rays clubhouse which was causing soreness in his eyes.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 - Rays got lead-off man Desmond Jennings to second after he singled and stole second, but the rest of the Rays couldn't do much with Lester. Jennings was stranded there as Ben Zobrist struck out and Evan Longoria lined out to Lester.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 - David Price hasn't been David Price yet. He's 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts. He's given up eight leads in six of those starts. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner was looking to rebound against the Red Sox. He got two quick outs before Dustin Pedroia doubled to left, but David Ortiz was positioned perfectly in left when he lined out to Sean Rodriguez to end the threat.
We'll be underway shortly, great match-up - David Price vs. Jon Lester.