American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston|
(Tuesday, July 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 6, Tampa Bay 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jose Iglesias came through with a key two-run,
eighth-inning hit, as Boston used a late charge to down Tampa Bay, 6-2, in the
second edition of a four-game set from Fenway Park.
Stephen Drew, Mike Carp and Dustin Pedroia drove in a run each, while Mike
Napoli added two hits and scored twice for the Red Sox, who overcame a loss in
Monday's opener and won for the third time in five games.
Jon Lester (9-6) worked 6 1/3 innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven
hits with eight strikeouts, helping Boston extend its lead once more to 1 1/2
games over Tampa in the AL East.
"You never want to diminish any start," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
"But again, where we are in the standings, where they are, knowing we're only
still in July, but this was a big game for us tonight. It was probably as
powerful as he's been all year."
Wil Myers and Evan Longoria each clubbed a solo homer for the Rays, who
suffered just their third loss (16-3) in the month of July.
"If we continue to play good baseball we're going to be just fine. We did play
good baseball tonight, a couple of really unfortunate moments towards the end
of the game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Overall I am not displeased. I
think we're doing a great job."
Roberto Hernandez (5-11) was tagged in defeat for seven hits and three runs
over his five-inning outing.
The Red Sox picked up valuable insurance runs in their final turn at the
plate in the eighth, stretching a one-run edge to four.
Napoli doubled with one out and Jonny Gomes followed with a single. Two
batters later, Drew slid a ball through the right side to make it 4-2 and
left runners on the corners. After Drew swiped second, Iglesias' hit to
short got through the infield and was slow enough to bring both men home for
a 6-2 lead.
Koji Uehara then clinched the game with a perfect ninth that included a pair
Myers reached the light tower above the Green Monster to kick off the second
inning, but three straight singles in the home half -- the last one from
Carp -- brought in Napoli.
Shane Victorino began the third with a double, advanced on a fly from Daniel
Nava, then after Pedroia was plunked, scored when the hosts successfully
executed a double steal.
The Sox pushed the lead to 3-1 in the fifth, after Nava doubled with one down,
moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a Pedroia fly to
Longoria's blast to left center pulled the Rays within 3-2 to begin the
sixth, but Lester kept the lead until Jose Molina's one-out double chased him
in the seventh.
Matt Thornton and Junichi Tazawa closed out the frame, then Tazawa turned in a
Boston improved to 6-2 at home against the Rays this season and lead the
season series 10-4 ... The last time a double steal, including home plate, was
executed by the Red Sox was Oct. 3, 2010, when Ryan Kalish scored ... Prior to
the contest, MLB announced that Rays Double-A catcher Mark Thomas received a
50-game suspension without pay after a second violation of the Minor League
Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse ... Also prior to
the game, reports surfaced that Pedroia was signed to a seven-year contract
extension worth $100 million.
07/24 02:36:56 ET