Game over: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Papelbon shuts the door for his 11th save. The Sox have won four straight, seven of eight and 15 of the last 22. They’re now 6.5 games back and can sweep the series tomorrow with John Lackey facing Matt Garza.
Sox have allowed one run in 18 innings in this series — on seven hits.
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Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Youkilis did in fact walk. But the Rays got two force plays on the bases before Hermida struck out. Now it’s up to Jonathan Papelbon to try and close it out against Longoria, Aybar and Pena.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Bard does the job, setting down the Rays in order. The Sox are still working on a one-hit shutout. It would be their second one-hitter in four days. Shields is done and Joaquin Benoit is on for the Rays. He has struck out the last nine batters he faced.
Watch Youkilis draw a walk.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
The Sox went in order yet again against Shields, who has allowed only four hits. Shields has retired 16 straight.
Delcarmen is out and Daily Daniel Bard is in.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Strong work by MDC as he retires the side in order. That’s one run on seven hits in 16 innings for the Rays in this series. Very impressive work by the Sox
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Shields retired the Sox in order for the fourth straight inning, getting three groundouts. Manny Delcarmen in for the Sox to pitch.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Lester worked around a one-out walk to Longoria by getting Aybar to ground to third (another fantastic play by Beltre)and striking out Pena. Lester is at 111 pitches because of the five walks and is likely done.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
The Sox went peacefully in the sixth inning. Shields had set down 10 straight since Ortiz had that two-run double.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Bartlett walked (for the third time) with two outs. When Crawford took a called first strike, he got into it with umpire Bob Davidson, bumped him and was ejected. Manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout and was swiftly ejected too.
Sean Rodriguez replaced Crawford and struck out swinging.
The Rays fans are upset and still booing Davidson. Say this for the Rays fans, there aren’t a lot of them but the once who show up are into the game.
Meanwhile, Lester is working on a one-hit shutout and the Rays have scored one run in the last 14 innings against the Sox.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
This game is moving right along as Shields retired the Sox in order again. Scutaro grounded out before Pedroia flied to center and Drew to left. It’s fun to watch Upton in center field. He gets under balls in the gap so effortlessly. He never seems to have to lunge for anything.
Shields has retired seven in a row since Ortiz’s big double in the third inning.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Aybar singled with one out. But Pena struck out looking and Upton hit a broken-bat pop in shallow right that Pedroia tracked down. The two starters have combined to fan nine in th first four innings.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Shields struck out the side, getting Hermida, Varitek and Cameron. He came into the game with 66, second in the AL to Jered Weaver’s 68.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Lester walked Bartlett with one out but struck out Crawford and Zobrist to end the inning. Red Sox pitchers have given up four runs in the last 32 innings. The starters have allowed one (yes, one) in the last 25.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Drew singled and Youkilis walked (of course) with two outs. Ortiz followed with an opposite-field two-run double. That gives him 21 RBI in 18 games this month. Is it safe to say he’s back? Seems so. The statistics aren’t lying.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Lester has retired six straight after the two walks. Pena popped up. Upton grounded to third as Beltre made his latest great play, a diving stop and quick throw to nab the speedy runner. Navarro then grounded to third.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Easy inning for Shields. Hermida grounded out, Varitek popped to left and Cameron flied to left. It was a shot into the corner that might have gone out over the short wall but Crawford tracked it down.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Lester walked Bartlett and Crawford to start the inning but Zobrist struck out, Longoria lined to right and Aybar grounded to short.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Scutaro and Pedroia started the game with singles. But Drew struck out, Youkilis popped to third and Beltre lined to left after Ortiz walked to load the bases.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
We’re ready to get underway here. The announcer termed the Sox “the bad guys” and said the Rays would host “a Boston K party.” Can’t remember Sherm Feller doing that. Anyway, hope you enjoy the game.