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Middle 9th: Rays 1, Sox 1
The Fenway Faithful of 37,084 registered their displeasure at the sight of the grounds crew rolling out the tarp with a chorus of loud boos. We are now in a rain delay. It officially began at 10:21 p.m.
Top 9th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Entering this soggy affair to the familiar strains of his trademark “Shipping Up to Boston,” Jonathan Papelbon did not disappoint the Fenway crowd of 37,084, retiring Zobrist (line out to short) and Evan Longoria (fly to right) in short order before allowing Carlos Pena to reach on a walk after getting ahead of the batter with a 1-2 count. The Sox closer then fanned B.J. Upton with a 94-m.p.h. heater to end the inning. RHP Lance Cormier is now pitching for the Rays. Rays 9th: no runs, no hits, 1 left on base.
Top 9th: Rays 1, Sox 1
With two out, RHP Lance Cormier is now warming up in the Rays bullpen along with Soriano.
Bottom 8th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Pitching change: RHP Dan Wheeler has now entered the game for LHP Randy Choate, who got lead-off hitter J.D. Drew (0-for-3, walk) to ground to first. Jonathan Papelbon is now warming up in the Sox bullpen; RHP Rafael Soriano is up in the Rays’ bullpen. Wheeler retired Pedroia (liner to short) and Youkilis (ground to third) to end the inning. Papelbon is now pitching for the Sox. Sox 8th: no runs, no hits, none left on base.
Top 8th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Okajima retired the Rays in order: Dioner Navarro (pop foul to third), Jason Bartlett (ground to mound), and Carl Crawford (ground to short). Randy Choate is now pitching for the Rays in the bottom of the eighth: Rays 8th: no runs, no hits, none left on base.
Bottom 7th: Rays 1, Sox 1
The Sox went down in order for Balfour, who needed just 18 pitches to get the job done. Varitek flew to center, Bill Hall to left, and Scutaro went down looking at a 92-m.p.h fastball. Hideki Okajima is now pitching for the Sox. Beckett’s line: 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run (unearned), 1 walk, 8 strikeouts. Sox 7th: no runs, no hits, none left on base.
Bottom 7th: Rays 1, Sox 1
LHP Randy Choate and RHP Dan Wheeler are up in the Rays bullpen.
Top 7th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Another strong inning from Beckett. The Sox ace retired Upton (fly to center), Burrell (fly to right; making him 0-for-3) and Brignac (ground out to second) in 1-2-3 fashion. He has now thrown 106 pitches and looks like he’s strong enough to go at least one more inning, if not the distance. Rays 7th: no hits, no runs, none left on base.
Bottom 6th: Rays 1, Sox 1
The Sox left David Ortiz (double to right) stranded on third after reliever Grant Balfour struck out Jeremy Hermida (92 fastball) to end the inning. Kevin Youkilis, who drew a lead-off walk, attempted to score from first on Ortiz’s hit, but got rubbed out at the plate by a brilliant relay from right fielder Ben Zobrist to second baseman Reid Brignac to catch Dioner Navarro at the plate, where umpire Brian Gorman called out Youkilis. Sox 6th: no runs, 1 hit, 1 left on base.
Top 6th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Beckett outlasted his Tampa counterpart, striking out Crawford and Zobrist to start the inning before allowing Evan Longoria to reach on a bloop single to right. Beckett got Carlos Pena to ground to short to end the inning. Beckett has now thrown 94 pitches and allowed one run on four hits through six innings and looks like he has a few more good ones left in him. Rays 6th: no runs, 1 hit, 1 left on base.
Bottom 5th: Rays 1, Sox 1
Jason Varitek tied the game with a lead-off homer off Davis, sending his 0-1 offering deep into the Monster Seats. Varitek’s homer was his third of the season. The Sox were unable to add to that total, even after Drew walked. Davis got out of the inning after getting Dustin Pedroia to ground out to the mound. It wound up being Davis’ 103d and last pitch of the night after he was relieved by Grant Balfour n the sixth. Davis’s line: 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run (earned), 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 home run, 1 wild pitch. Sox 5th: 1 run, 1 hit, 1 left on base.
Bottom 4th: Rays 1, Sox 0
For the second time in the game, the Sox were unable to produce a run after stranding a baserunner. This time Boston had two aboard — Kevin Youkilis (walk, wild pitch) at second and Beltre (walk) at first _ when Jeremy Hermida came up and grounded to short for the force out on Beltre at second. Sox 4th: no runs, no hits, 1 left on base.
Top 4th: Rays 1, Sox 0
Beckett is looking tough. Were it not for Scutaro’s fielding error with two out in the bottom of the third, he’d have a shutout going. He mowed down the Rays in order, getting Carlos Pena to ground to second, Upton to ground to third (nice play by Beltre), and striking out DH Pat Burrell (89 cutter). Through four innings, Beckett has thrown 68 pitches and has five strikeouts and one walk. Rays 4th: no runs, no hits, none left on base.
Bottom 3d: Rays 1, Sox 0
The Sox were unable to muster much of a response, going down in 1-2-3 order after Bill Hall grounded out to the mound, Scutaro flew to center, and Drew grounded to second. Sox 3d: no runs, no hits, none left on base.
Top 3d: Rays 1, Sox 0
Carl Crawford, who reached on a two-out error by shortstop Marco Scutaro, stole second, then scored Tampa’s first run (unearned) on a bizarre play when third baseman Adrian Beltre was unable to field an infield nubber off Ben Zobrist’s bat, which struck Beltre’s right thigh and was officially ruled a base hit. After Zobrist stole second (the Sox now having allowed 15 of 16 baserunners to steal) , Beckett got out of the inning with his 57th pitch of the night: a 94-m.p.h. fastball that got Longoria swinging. Rays 3d: 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left on base.
Bottom 2d: Rays 0, Sox 0
After Davis struck out David Ortiz (95 fastball) and Adrian Beltre (94 fastball), Jeremy Hermida got aboard after lacing a single off the scoreboard in left. But the Sox came away empty-handed when Jason Varitek grounded meekly to second. Sox 2d: no runs, 1 hit, 1 left on base.
Top 2d: Rays 0, Sox 0
Evan Longoria reached with a leadoff single to right, stole second (his second theft of the season), advanced to third after tagging up on Pat Burrell’s fly to center, and threatened to score Tampa’s first run, but wound up getting stranded at third. After walking B.J. Upton, Beckett got out of a jam with men on the corners when he struck out Reid Brignac on a 77-m.p.h. curveball. Rays 2d: no runs, 1 hit, 2 left on base.
Bottom 1st: Rays 0, Sox 0
Rays starter Wade Davis matched Beckett, getting off to a strong start himself, allowing just one baserunner after issuing a pass to Dustin Pedroia on four pitches. Davis, who struck out J.D. Drew for the second out, induced Kevin Youkilis to ground to third to end the inning. Sox 1st: no runs, no hits, 1 left on base.
Top 1st: Rays 0, Sox 0
Sox starter Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.17 ERA) got off to a strong start with a 1-2-3 inning. He got leadoff hitter Jason Bartlett to ground to second, struck out Carl Crawford on a 94-mile-per-hour fastball and induced Ben Zobrist to fly out to right field. Rays 1st: no runs, no hits, none left on base.