It was the bottom of the order who put this one out of reach in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, one out and the score knotted at 2-2, Varitek singled home one run, and Crisp and Lugo both followed with two-run doubles.
Boston led 7-2, although Tampa closed the gap to 7-5 in the fifth and 8-6 in the seventh. ... Also worth noting was David Ortiz's triple to left-center in the first inning and his infield single to the pitcher (who fielded it on the third base side of the grass) in the third. Wheels!
Papelbot came on for four outs, getting three strikeouts and an infield pop on 15 pitches. He is the first Red Sox pitcher in history to record 30 saves in back-to-back seasons.
Jon Lester (5.14, 87 ERA+) / Andy Sonnanstine (6.17, 73 ERA+)
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