Red Sox - 001 010 000 - 2 9 0Evan Longoria clubbed a grand slam to left and Carlos Pena belted Masterson's next pitch over the wall in right-center. Those two swings turned a 2-1 Boston lead into what became the final score.
Rays - 000 060 00x - 6 7 0
Other than slogging through that nine-batter fifth inning -- a bases-loading walk and the two dongs came with two outs -- Masterson (6-6-6-3-6, 105) did quite well. Manny Delcarman and Ramon Ramirez each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Red Sox had their chances in the early innings against Sonnanstine:
1st: 1st/2nd, 1 out, 1 LOBBoston left 10 men on base.
2nd: 1st/2nd, 1 out, 2 LOB
3rd: scored 1, 3 LOB
Justin Masterson (2.70, 187 ERA+) / Andy Sonnanstine (7.78, 63 ERA+)
Ian Browne, MLB.com:
In general, the Red Sox have asked a lot out of their bullpen recently. Starters, with the exception of knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, have not been going deep into games.Boston's bullpen has the 2nd lowest bullpen ERA (2.88), but is fourth in innings pitched (75).
The last Boston starter -- aside from Wakefield -- to go as deep as seven innings? Jon Lester, on April 19.
In using Javier Lopez for a third consecutive day and then grabbing Jonathan Van Every, Terry Francona avoided calling on Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen or Ramon Ramirez in last night's rout. The Red Sox's next off-day is May 11.
Sox vs Sonnanstine: Lowell/Drew/Varitek good -- Pedroia/Ortiz/Youkilis bad.
Rays vs Masterson: Pena: 3-for-6, 2 doubles, home run.
Rays Notes: The 18 straight batters retired by Matt Garza to start last night's game set a franchise record, beating Sonnanstine's 17 batters (Mariners) on August 7, 2008. ... The Rays wear some new alternate jerseys for the first time tonight!
Etc.: The Royals turned six double plays against the Blue Jays last night, tying an AL record. (Oddly, the Royals hit into six DPs less than two weeks ago, on April 21 in Cleveland.)