Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, May 27, 2012 1:35 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 70°
Umpires - Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Ed Rapuano,
Attendance - 37844

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 29-19 17-7 12-12 W1
Boston 23-24 10-13 13-11 L1

Recap

Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Alfredo Aceves in the top of the ninth inning to lift visiting Tampa Bay to a victory over Boston in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Fernando Rodney atoned for a blown save on Saturday with a perfect bottom of the ninth for his 16th save and Jake McGee (2-1) picked up the win in relief for the Rays, who moved back into a tie for first place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles.

Aceves (0-2) walked Ben Zobrist leading off the ninth and fell behind Rodriguez, 3-1, with one out. The right-hander tried to go away with a fastball but left it over the plate, where Rodriguez was able to crush it deep over the left field wall to give Tampa Bay the lead.

Aceves had not blown a save since Apr. 21 and had not been scored upon in any of his previous seven appearances.

Jeremy Hellickson breezed through the first six innings for Tampa Bay but allowed the first two batters to reach in the seventh in front of Adrian Gonzalez. The slugger got a 1-0 changeup from Hellickson and took it to the opposite field, tucking it just over the Green Monster and inside the foul pole for a 3-2 lead.

The Rays opened the scoring in the fourth when Matt Joyce doubled to right and advanced to third as Gonzalez overthrew the cutoff man. Joyce scored on Zobrist’s single, and Will Rhymes added an RBI single in the seventh to make it 2-0.

The bullpen breakdown wasted a strong effort from Clay Buchholz, who went seven innings in his best start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits while walking one and striking out six.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Sox (23-24) have had five different opportunities to climb over .500 and have squandered them all. … Rays 1B Carlos Pena finished the series 1-for-12 with four strikeouts out of the leadoff spot. … Boston OF Ryan Sweeney (concussion) is expected to  be activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Boston
Jeremy Hellickson Player Clay Buchholz
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.2 IP 7.0
3 Strikeouts 6
7 Hits 8
3.52 ERA 2.57
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Boston
Will RhymesPlayer Scott Podsednik
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
1.000 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 9 1 14 .273 8 9 4 2 1 0
Boston 7 1 10 .226 10 4 3 3 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .435 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Chi. White Sox. The Rays have a W/L % of .655 after a win and .526 after a loss.