Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, Boston 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Figueroa's double with one out
in the bottom of the ninth was the lone run of the contest, lifting Tampa Bay
to a 1-0 victory over Boston in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.
Andrew Miller (1-3) walked Desmond Jennings with one away, then yielded to
Burke Badenhop, who allowed Jennings to swipe second before coming home on
pinch-hitter Figueroa's deep drive to center.
"I thought I executed the pitch to Figueroa there," said Badenhop. "(He) hits
a grenade that blows up in center."
Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-0) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth for the Rays,
winners of two straight after losing four in succession. Starter Chris Archer
tied a career high with 11 strikeouts, but walked four and threw 119 pitches
in six innings during which he served up four hits.
"We're just not relying on the normal guys to get this particular moment
done," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "(Figueroa) that's a great moment for him
and his family for doing that."
John Lackey pitched into the eighth, giving up five hits and one walk while
fanning three for the Red Sox, who have dropped eight in a row.
The Rays couldn't dent Lackey with runners on the corners in the home first,
then were silent against the Boston starter until putting men on first and
third in the sixth and coming up empty after James Loney grounded out.
The Sox wasted two on in the top of the first, stranded Grady Sizemore in
scoring position in the second, then left two on in the fifth.
Jennings reached on Boston third baseman Brock Holt's throwing error in the
home seventh and was sacrificed to third, but Lackey left him there by
inducing consecutive groundouts to end the frame.
David DeJesus' leadoff single in the eighth signaled Lackey's exit, but
Junichi Tazawa and Miller combined to keep Tampa scoreless.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria led all players with three hits ... Archer
also struck out 11 batters in a no-decision against Texas on Sept. 8, 2012 in
an eventual 4-2 loss to the Rangers ... Prior to the contest, the Red Sox
announced that shortstop Stephen Drew was assigned to Single-A Greenville and
pitcher Alex Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
05/24 02:00:58 ET
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