Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt,
Attendance - 19842

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 18-20 9-11 9-9 W1
Tampa Bay 24-15 14-4 10-11 L1


Red Sox 5, Rays 3: Cody Ross launched a solo homer and drove in four runs and Felix Doubront tossed 5 2/3 solid innings as visiting Boston posted its sixth win in seven outings.
Marlon Byrd went deep for the first time as a member of the Red Sox in the second inning. He lined a 3-2 fastball from Matt Moore (1-4) into the seats in left field before sprinting around the bases.
Ross followed suit in the third inning as he deposited a fastball over the wall in straightaway center field for his seventh homer. Ross, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, capped Boston's scoring with a two-run single in the eighth to give him 12 RBIs in six games versus the Rays this season.
Doubront (4-1) started strong before yielding RBI singles to Jeff Keppinger and Rich Thompson, whose run-scoring hit in the fourth inning was the first of his major-league career.
Doubront allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits while striking out seven. Four relievers bridged the gap to Alfredo Aceves, who got the final four outs to record his eighth save.
Moore permitted three runs on five hits and struck out eight in defeat.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay's Will Rhymes presented the lineup card prior to the contest. Rhymes collapsed and passed out on the field on Wednesday after he was struck on the right forearm by a pitch. He did not play on Thursday. ... Boston's Adrian Gonzalez nearly made good on his promise to hit a home run. He launched a shot down the right-field line which sailed foul. Gonzalez struck out on the next pitch. ... Boston's Mike Aviles was ejected after arguing balls and strikes. It was his first career ejection. ... Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena didn't have a joyous 34th birthday - he struck out three times.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Boston   Tampa Bay
Felix Doubront Player Matt Moore
Win W/L Loss
5.2 IP 6.0
7 Strikeouts 8
6 Hits 5
1.59 ERA 4.50
Boston   Tampa Bay
Cody Ross Player B.J. Upton
2 Hits 2
4 RBI 1
1 HR 0
5 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 7 2 13 .206 14 13 5 3 0 1
Tampa Bay 8 0 10 .229 20 9 3 4 3 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Rays have a W/L % of .680 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .611 after a win and .350 after a loss.
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