American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston|
(Sunday, May 27th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the top
of the ninth inning to send Tampa Bay past Boston, 4-3, in the rubber match of
a three-game series from Fenway Park.
"It's just a good feeling knowing you're doing what you can to help the team
win. Doing it in this fashion makes it even better," said Rodriguez. "There
wasn't a guy on the team who didn't think we could come back and win this
Ben Zobrist and Will Rhymes drove in a run apiece for the Rays, who have taken
four of five overall. Coupled with Baltimore's loss, Tampa tied the O's atop
the AL East with identical 29-19 records.
Jake McGee (2-1) recorded the final out of the eighth and Fernando Rodney
turned in a scoreless ninth for his 16th save. Jeremy Hellickson worked 7 2/3
innings, allowing seven hits and three runs.
A three-run blast by Adrian Gonzalez was all the offense for the Red Sox, who
have lost three of five. Alfredo Aceves (0-2) took the loss and the blown save
after serving up the winning blast.
Aceves walked Zobrist with one down in the ninth, then Rodriguez cleared the
Green Monster seats for a 4-3 Tampa edge.
Rodney recorded a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down the narrow victory.
In the top of the fourth, Matt Joyce doubled with one out then moved to third
on a Gonzalez throwing error. He then scored on a Zobrist grounder to first.
Rhymes plated Rodriguez with a two-out single in the top of the seventh, but
the Sox took the lead in the home half.
David Ortiz walked and Kevin Youkilis singled ahead of a three-run blast just
over the Monster from Gonzalez to make it 3-2.
"It was a changeup down in the zone and I was able to keep my head down and
bat on it," said Gonzalez of his homer. "This is frustrating for sure, but
there's a lot of ball left to play and things are going to happen."
For Rodriguez, the homer was his fourth in the month of May...The loss ensured
Boston (23-24) of the latest date it had yet to climb above the .500 mark
in any season since August of 1996...Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz lasted
seven innings, giving up eight hits and two runs while fanning six...These
clubs don't meet again until July 13-15 in Tampa, the series immediately
following the All-Star break...Boston has won five of the nine meetings this
05/27 20:27:54 ET