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And the last shall beat first
Timlin, Red Sox stumble
On the last official day of summer, Boston's hold on first place in the American League East came to a crashing thud on Wednesday night. Closer Mike Timlin allowed three runs in the eighth inning and spoiled Tim Wakefield's bid for his 16th win.
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Devil Rays 7, Red Sox 4
Jonny Gomes is pumped after giving Tampa Bay its first lead on his eighth-inning triple. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Series at a glance:
Five-run frame lifts Rays
Jonny Gomes' two-run triple keyed a five-run eighth inning as the Devil Rays overcame a two-run deficit in the eighth inning to knock the Red Sox off their first-place perch in the American League East after 64 days.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 21, 2005
BOS
Boston (88-64)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 7, Boston 4   TB
Tampa Bay (64-89)
Won 1
September 21, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   4 9 1
Tampa Bay
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 X   7 11 0
Standings through 9/21/05  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mueller, 3B4031101.300
Renteria, SS5011014.272
Ortiz, DH4000122.300
Ramirez, M, LF4111114.290
Millar, 1B4010000.275
1-Stern, PR0000000.133
Olerud, 1B1000000.309
Mirabelli, C4120012.234
Nixon, RF2110200.285
Hyzdu, CF2100225.171
Cora, 2B2001002.224
Totals324947720 


1-Ran for Millar in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Mirabelli (7, Kazmir).
HR: Ramirez, M (39, 5th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Mueller 3; Renteria; Ramirez, M 4; Millar; Mirabelli 3; Nixon.
RBI: Cora (24), Mueller (59), Renteria (63), Ramirez, M (129).
2-out RBI: Mueller; Renteria.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M 2; Cora; Renteria; Hyzdu 2.
S: Cora.
SF: Cora.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Cora (8, throw).
DP: 3 (Renteria-Millar, Renteria-Cora-Millar, Cora-Renteria-Olerud).
Pickoffs: Wakefield (Crawford at 1st base).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lugo, SS3000020.291
Crawford, LF3010002.304
Cantu, 2B4121001.292
Lee, 1B4221001.274
Gomes, RF4222010.286
Hollins, RF0000000.252
Munson, E, DH2111110.231
Gonzalez, 3B4011012.261
Hall, C4010012.284
Gathright, CF3110002.282
Totals3171161610 

BATTING
2B: Munson, E (1, Timlin).
3B: Gomes (5, Timlin).
HR: Lee (12, 2nd inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Crawford; Cantu 2; Lee 5; Gomes 4; Munson, E 2; Gonzalez; Hall; Gathright.
RBI: Lee (49), Cantu (110), Gomes 2 (50), Munson, E (1), Gonzalez (36).
2-out RBI: Cantu; Gomes 2; Munson, E; Gonzalez.
GIDP: Gathright; Cantu; Crawford.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Crawford (7, 2nd base by Wakefield/Mirabelli).
PO: Crawford (1st base by Wakefield).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Cantu-Lee, Lugo-Lee).

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wakefield 7.27441614.09
Timlin (BS, 7)(L, 7-3)0.14330002.26
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kazmir 5.27445313.85
Harper 1.01001207.11
Miller (W, 2-2)1.11001104.29
Baez (S, 39)1.00000102.86

WP: Wakefield.
HBP: Munson, E (by Wakefield), Crawford (by Wakefield), Lugo (by Wakefield).
Pitches-strikes: Wakefield 93-61, Timlin 19-12, Kazmir 117-63, Harper 24-13, Miller 26-16, Baez 11-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wakefield 14-2, Timlin 0-1, Kazmir 5-9, Harper 0-1, Miller 0-3, Baez 1-1.
Batters faced: Wakefield 30, Timlin 5, Kazmir 28, Harper 5, Miller 5, Baez 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Timlin 1-1, Harper 1-0, Miller 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Winters. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 3B: Bruce Froemming.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:56.
Att: 20,002.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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