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Fossum brings his A-game
BoSox offense sputters
Despite right-hander Matt Clement's struggles, the Red Sox still had several opportunities to come back into the game, but the lineup was unable to produce in two bases-loaded situations. Boston did score two late runs in the eighth inning, but ultimately fell in the series opener.
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Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 2
Left-hander Casey Fossum confounded his former team, giving up no runs and three hits. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rays take the opener
Casey Fossum was the catalyst behind Tampa's victory, as the lefty did not allow a run in six strong innings of work to Boston. The Rays scored four runs over the first two frames and then tacked on another in the fifth, which was enough for Fossum to collect his first win of the season.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 28, 2006
Boston (13-10)
Lost 3
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 2   TB
Tampa Bay (10-13)
Won 1
April 28, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   2 7 1
Tampa Bay
2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 X   5 6 0
Standings thru 4/28/06  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
Youkilis, 1B2010300.304
Loretta, 2B5000016.219
Ortiz, DH4010005.292
Ramirez, M, LF1000302.282
Varitek, C4010106.250
Lowell, 3B5120005.296
Nixon, RF4111114.310
Pena, CF4000017.256
Gonzalez, SS2000110.194
a-Snow, PH1011000.158
1-Cora, PR-SS0000000.235

a-Singled for Gonzalez in the 8th.
1-Ran for Snow in the 8th.

2B: Lowell (11, Camp), Nixon (5, Camp).
3B: Varitek (1, Fossum).
TB: Youkilis; Ortiz; Varitek 3; Lowell 3; Nixon 2; Snow.
RBI: Nixon (10), Snow (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena 5; Varitek 2; Ortiz; Nixon.
GIDP: Ramirez, M; Lowell.
Team LOB: 14.

E: Lowell (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Nixon (Wigginton at 2nd base).

Gathright, CF2101100.233
Crawford, LF4011001.256
Gomes, RF2100222.280
Hollins, RF0000000.293
Wigginton, 2B4112013.293
Hall, C4020000.359
Norton, DH3010111.250
1-Green, PR-DH0000000.088
Lee, 1B3001103.188
Burroughs, 3B3100113.000
Perez, T, SS3110010.213

1-Ran for Norton in the 8th.

2B: Wigginton (5, Clement).
TB: Crawford; Wigginton 2; Hall 2; Norton; Perez, T.
RBI: Wigginton 2 (24), Gathright (5), Crawford (10), Lee (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wigginton; Burroughs.
S: Gathright.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Green (3, 2nd base by Papelbon/Varitek).

DP: 2 (Burroughs-Wigginton-Lee, Perez, T-Wigginton-Lee).

Clement (L, 2-2)6.05546406.14
Timlin 1.00000101.93
Papelbon 1.01000100.00
Fossum (W, 1-1)6.03005206.11
Orvella 1.00002101.42
Camp 0.14220004.09
Miceli (H, 2)0.20002005.59
Walker (S, 1)1.000001012.79

Fossum pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Miceli pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

WP: Clement.
HBP: Ortiz (by Fossum), Ramirez, M (by Fossum).
Pitches-strikes: Clement 103-57, Timlin 15-10, Papelbon 15-10, Fossum 106-51, Orvella 25-13, Camp 11-7, Miceli 17-6, Walker 7-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Clement 11-2, Timlin 0-2, Papelbon 0-1, Fossum 10-6, Orvella 1-1, Camp 1-0, Miceli 1-1, Walker 2-0.
Batters faced: Clement 29, Timlin 3, Papelbon 3, Fossum 27, Orvella 5, Camp 5, Miceli 4, Walker 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Orvella 1-0, Miceli 2-0, Walker 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Mike Winters. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:56.
Att: 22,565.

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