Boston 5, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, September 17, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim McClelland, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Marvin Hudson,
Attendance - 11722

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 67-81 33-43 34-38 W1
Tampa Bay 78-69 39-33 39-36 L3

Recap


Red Sox 5, Rays 2: Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and broke up a no-hit bid with a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning as visiting Boston put another dent in slumping Tampa Bay's postseason hopes.

Aaron Cook (4-10) snapped a five-game losing streak by limiting the Rays to one run on five hits over six innings and sending them to their sixth loss in seven games. Tampa Bay dropped five games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.

Mauro Gomez had a pinch-hit, two-run single and Ellsbury added an RBI single in a three-run seventh inning, giving the Red Sox only their fifth win in their last 19 games.

Rays rookie right-hander Alex Cobb (9-9) had his five-game winning streak snapped, allowing four runs - three earned - on two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He lost his no-hit bid and the lead with two outs in the sixth when Ellsbury drilled a fastball into the seats in right field to make it 2-1.

B.J. Upton had three hits for Tampa Bay, which pushed across a run in the fifth on a squeeze bunt by Ryan Roberts before adding one in the ninth on Ben Zobrist's groundout.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cook won for only the second time since July 29. He had gone 1-9 in his previous 12 outings. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria was not in the starting lineup in order to rest his tired legs. ... Ellsbury was throw out trying to steal third base in the ninth inning, ending Boston's streak of 17 straight successful attempts.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Boston   Tampa Bay
Aaron Cook Player Alex Cobb
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 6.0
1 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 2
1.50 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Boston   Tampa Bay
Jacoby Ellsbury Player B.J. Upton
3 Hits 3
3 RBI 0
1 HR 0
6 TB 3
.600 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 6 1 9 .182 17 8 5 4 1 0
Tampa Bay 6 0 6 .200 7 7 2 1 0 3

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Boston. The Rays have a W/L % of .557 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .463 after a win and .444 after a loss.