Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, September 17, 2011 4:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 61°
Umpires - Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt,
Attendance - 37682

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 84-67 42-33 42-34 W1
Boston 87-64 44-32 43-32 L1

Recap

Ben Zobrist belted a two-run homer in the first inning and rookie phenom Matt Moore pitched three strong frames in relief as the visiting Tampa Bay Rays edged the slumping Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday.

The victory pulled Tampa Bay within three games of Boston in the American League wild-card race. The Rays have won 11 of 17 games against the Red Sox this season - including six of eight in Boston. The Red Sox fell to 4-12 in September.
 
Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (11-7) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings to earn the victory. He has defeated Boston twice this season, surrendering just four runs and eight hits in 22 innings.
 
Moore, 22, gave up one run and two hits in his second major league appearance, striking out two to keep the Rays in front. Joel Peralta pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
 
Mike Aviles, who had three hits, doubled in a run in the third and Jacoby Ellsbury added his 95th and 96th RBIs of the season.
 
Losing pitcher Jon Lester (15-8), who gave up four runs in seven innings, is 10-6 lifetime against the Rays - 1-3 in 2011.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Boston
Jeff Niemann Player Jon Lester
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 7.0
6 Strikeouts 5
4 Hits 5
3.60 ERA 5.14
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Boston
Johnny DamonPlayer Mike Aviles
1 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
1 TB 4
.333 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 6 1 10 .200 11 5 3 4 0 0
Boston 7 0 8 .233 15 10 3 4 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .614 after a win and .524 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Rays have a W/L % of .536 after a win and .582 after a loss.
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