End of game: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Eight dominant innings from Rays’ starter David Price – on the heels of two complete games pitched by Rays starters. Tampa Bay takes the midweek best-of-three series, and John Lackey’s record falls to 11-9.
We’ll have more coverage tonight on Extra Bases and in tomorrow’s Globe.
End of 9th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Pitching change (the Rays’ first of the series): Kyle Farnsworth in. Youkilis flied out to right, as did Lowrie. Josh Reddick pinch hit for McDonald, and he grounded out to first to end the game.
Middle of 9th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Pitching change: Dan Wheeler in for Aceves. He got three easy fly outs. And we’re on to the bottom of the 9th.
End of 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Aviles flied out to center, and Ellsbury grounded out to second for two quick outs. After Pedroia walked, Price struck out Gonzalez for the third out.
Middle of 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Aceves still on the mound. Upton led off with a double down the left field line. Then Aceves struck out Joyce, Brignac, and Shoppach to end the inning.
End of 7th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Price still going strong. Hit McDonald with a pitch (after Shoppach was hit for the second time in the top of the inning), but other than that, two strikeouts and a groundout.
Middle of 7th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Shoppach was hit by a pitch and took first. He moved to second on a Jennings sacrifice bunt. Longoria walked. Zobrist then doubled off the left field wall, which scored Shoppach and advanced Longoria to third.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Lackey and put in Alfredo Aceves. He got Kotchman to ground out to first to end the inning.
End of 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury led off with a triple, but got caught in a 1-5-2-6 rundown on Gonzalez’s fielder’s choice. A squandered opportunity there.
Middle of 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
Lackey’s first 1-2-3 inning of the day.
End of 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Price as the bottom of the Sox lineup went down easily.
Middle of 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
With two outs and facing a 3-0 count, Longoria hit a solo shot over the Monster. Zobrist followed with a double to right. That was it for the Rays offense, though, as Kotchman grounded out to first for the inning’s final out.
End of 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0
With one out, Youkilis singled to right. But Lowrie grounded into a fielder’s choice, and McDonald flied out to left to end the inning. These are pretty brief half-innings for the Red Sox offense. Not used to that.
Middle of 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0
Upton hit a bullet over the Green Monster to lead off the inning. Now, that’s a home run.
Lackey rebounded nicely, getting the next three batters out on a combination of fly balls and groundouts. Now, he’s just got to hope the Sox offense comes alive soon.
End of 3rd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury drew a two-out walk and stole second (his 32nd of the season), but that was about it. Price looking good.
Middle of 3rd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Damon led off with double to shallow left. Longoria then popped up to shallow center, and Pedroia made a nice grab. Zobrist grounded out and Kotchman struck out to end the inning.
** Scoring note: Damon’s hit in the first inning was initially ruled a double, but it’s been changed to a single and an error on RF Darnell McDonald. That first-inning run is now unearned.
End of 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Rays starter David Price. Jed Lowried flied out to right for out No. 1. Darnell McDonald and Carl Crawford then both grounded out to short.
Middle of 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Matt Joyce grounded out to short and Reid Brignac struck out looking. After Kelly Shoppach took first after a hit-by-pitch, Jennings grounded out to third for the final out of the inning.
End of 1st: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Jacoby Ellsbury flied out to deep center. Dustin Pedroia then singled through the left side of the infield. Adrian Gonzalez walked.
Kevin Youkilis then hit into an inning-ending double play.
Middle of 1st: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Red Sox starter John Lackey struck out Desmond Jennings to start the game. Then Johnny Damon doubled on a fly ball to right. He moved to third on a wild pitch during Evan Longoria’s at-bat. Longoria walked, putting runners on the corners.
Ben Zobrist grounded out to second, which scored Damon. After Casey Kotchman walked to extend the inning, Lackey struck out B.J. Upton to end it.