Tampa Bay 9, Boston 1

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:40 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings,
Attendance - 25220

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
Tampa Bay 3 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 9 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 85-61 42-29 43-32 L5
Tampa Bay 81-64 42-33 39-31 W4

Recap


B.J. Upton had a grand slam among four hits and James Shields easily outdueled Jon Lester as the Tampa Bay Rays further trimmed Boston’s lead in the wild-card standings Sunday with a 9-1 rout.

Shields (15-10) threw eight strong innings, allowing just a solo homer to Marco Scutaro.

Boston has lost five straight games and nine of its last 11 to see its lead in the wild-card standings cut to just 3 1/2 games over the Rays.

Lester, who had allowed just one earned run in his last four starts, couldn’t make it past the fourth inning. He threw 43 pitches in the first inning alone as Tampa Bay scored three times and cruised the rest of the way.

The Rays, who play a four-game set at Fenway Park later in the week, swept the three-game series to improve to 9-5 against Boston this season.

Lester (15-7) allowed eight hits and three walks as Tampa Bay scored four runs in four innings off the Boston ace.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Boston   Tampa Bay
Jon Lester Player James Shields
Loss W/L Win
4.0 IP 8.1
2 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 7
9.00 ERA 1.08
Hitting
Boston   Tampa Bay
Mike Aviles Player B.J. Upton
2 Hits 4
0 RBI 4
0 HR 1
2 TB 8
.667 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 7 1 10 .219 16 6 1 3 0 2
Tampa Bay 12 1 20 .343 27 4 8 7 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Baltimore. The Rays have a W/L % of .543 after a win and .578 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .628 after a win and .517 after a loss.
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