Rays - 100 011 000 - 3 7 0Jonathan Papelbon got himself into a bit of a jam in the top of the ninth, walking Akinori Iwamura, committing an error on a pick-off attempt and allowing a single to shallow center to Jason Bartlett.
Red Sox - 010 200 01x - 4 9 2
Bot struck out pinch-hitter Carlos Pena (cbbbs) and Bartlett stole second on strike three without a throw. Second and third, one out, one-run lead. Papelbon (sfb) fanned B.J. Upton on an inside fastball at 95, then he got Carl Crawford (bsbs) swinging at a 97 mph heater.
David Ortiz got the game-winning rally going in the eighth when he doubled off the left field wall off Brian Shouse. Dan Wheeler came in and gave up a double to Jason Bay (who doubled and scored Boston's first run in the second). The two fourth inning runs were on doubles by Jeff Bailey and Jason Varitek (and a fielding error on a popup by Iwamura). Five of Boston's seven hits were doubles.
Dustin Pedroia left the game in the fourth inning with a strained groin, something that has been bothering him for about a week.
The Red Sox flew to Anaheim after the game. A six-game road trip against the Angels and Mariners starts Tuesday night.
To make room for Daniel Bard on the roster, Javier Lopez was designated for assignment. It's time to dance!
Matt Garza (3.51, 137 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (6.75, 74 ERA+)
Rocco Baldelli, on former teammate Garza:
When he's on, he's throwing a 97 mile-an-hour two-seamer, which is tough on everyone -- lefties and righties, it really doesn't matter. When he's throwing his breaking ball for strikes, whether it be his slider or his curveball, he's tough. ... You just hope you maybe catch him on an off day.In two starts so far this season, Boston is batting .102 against Garza. Only Jacoby Ellsbury (.421) has a career batting average above .200 (stats).
Kevin Youkilis will make it an even week on the bench by sitting out tonight, and using the off-day Monday to get ready to return on Tuesday in Anaheim. He also doesn't mind if Jason Bay takes his #4 spot in the order:
If he's going to hit the way he is, he can stay there. I'll hit anywhere in the lineup except for leadoff. I don't mind. I'll hit sixth, I don't mind. I've hit there before. I don't think it bothers any of these guys here. It's such a good lineup. I'll hit sixth, seventh -- I don't care. It's actually better to hit sixth or seventh, you get more RBIs [in this lineup].Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his second rehab start for Pawtucket today, in Columbus, Ohio. ... Baldelli's home run on Saturday was only the second dong hit by a Rhode Island native as a member of the Red Sox; Lefty LeFebvre homered in his first major league plate appearance on June 10, 1938.
NYY/BAL at 1:30 and TOR/OAK at 4.