Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0

Date - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom,
Attendance - 18605

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 88-58 47-25 41-33 W1
Tampa Bay 78-65 44-27 34-38 L1

Recap


Red Sox 2, Rays 0:
Clay Buchholz outdueled David Price in a strong return to the rotation as visiting Boston extended its division lead over Tampa Bay.

Buchholz (10-0), who had not pitched since June 8 due to neck and shoulder issues, surrendered three hits and walked one while striking out six in five innings. Jonny Gomes singled in a run and scored for the Red Sox, who lead the Rays by 8 1/2 games in the American League East.

Price (8-8) was perfect through the first four innings before surrendering a leadoff double to Mike Napoli in the fifth. The left-hander ended up charged with two runs on three hits while striking out nine in eight innings as Tampa Bay fell for the 12th time in 16 games, but remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland and Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot.

Gomes followed Napoli with a slow single up the middle and Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings sailed the throw long and wide, allowing Napoli to score easily. Gomes moved up on the throw and again on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Craig Breslow worked two hitless innings and Junichi Tazawa got the first two outs of the eighth before Koji Uehara came on to retire the final four batters en route to his 19th save. Uehara has retired the last 31 batters he has faced, dating back to Aug. 17.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia batted leadoff for the first time since 2009 and went 1-for-4. Pedroia is likely to stay in that spot until Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is ready to return. … David DeJesus, James Loney and Jennings each singled while Yunel Escobar doubled to account for Tampa Bay’s hits. Loney has hit safely in five straight games and nine of his last 11. … Boston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to eight.
 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Boston   Tampa Bay
Clay Buchholz Player David Price
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 8.0
6 Strikeouts 9
3 Hits 3
0.00 ERA 2.25
Hitting
Boston   Tampa Bay
Daniel Nava Player David DeJesus
1 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
1 TB 1
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 4 0 5 .138 7 9 2 1 1 0
Tampa Bay 4 0 5 .143 9 9 0 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Boston. The Rays have a W/L % of .590 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 .568 after a win and .655 after a loss.