Rays - 000 000 100 - 1 7 0 Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 4 0Bard (6.2-4-1-7-7, 111) walked three Rays with two outs in the seventh, one a four-pitch pass to Evan Longoria with the bases loaded. The walks hurt, obviously, but Bard turned in a great start, complimenting his fastball with a devastating slider.
Shields (8.1-4-0-2-5, 115) scattered four singles and allowed only one Boston runner past first base. In the bottom of the ninth, Dustin Pedroia walked with one out, and (with Fernando Rodney now pitching) took second on Adrian Gonzalez's grounder to first. David Ortiz was walked intentionally. Cody Ross saw five pitches; all of them were outside the strike zone, but plate umpire Larry Vanover called three of them strikes, ending the game.
Jere posted a NESN screen shot:
Hell of a game, though. Maybe they'd still be playing if a competent umpire was working the plate.
James Shields / Daniel Bard
The Red Sox are trying to complete a four-game sweep of the Rays.
A quick check of this page tells me the Red Sox have swept a four-game series from Tampa Bay four times: May 3-6, 2002, September 9-12, 2002, August 29-September 1, 2005, and May 25-28, 2006.
The two most recent sweeps were played at Fenway Park.