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Rays hang on to lead
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Rays 5, Red Sox 4
B.J. Upton rounds third after homering on the first pitch in the first inning. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
B.J. Upton homered on the first pitch in the first, setting the tone early as the Rays backed James Shields' strong outing. Gabe Gross also went deep, while Tampa Bay withstood a Boston rally in the ninth -- and an injury to Troy Percival -- and increased its AL East lead to 1 1/2 games.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (50-35)
Lost 3
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4   TB
Tampa Bay (50-32)
Won 2
June 30, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2   4 8 1
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 X   5 6 0
Standings thru 6/30/08  |  Recap: BOS | TB  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rays stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellsbury, CF4000000.268
Pedroia, 2B4110010.303
Drew, RF4111001.303
Ramirez, DH3000120.286
Lowell, 3B4131000.304
Youkilis, 1B4110013.312
Moss, LF3021110.246
Varitek, C3001012.222
Lugo, SS4000003.269
Totals33484269 

BATTING
2B: Lowell (19, Percival), Moss (3, Percival).
HR: Drew (16, 6th inning off Shields, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Pedroia; Drew 4; Lowell 4; Youkilis; Moss 3.
RBI: Lowell (47), Drew (49), Moss (8), Varitek (26).
2-out RBI: Lowell; Drew.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Youkilis; Lugo 2.
SF: Varitek.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Moss (1, 2nd base by Shields/Navarro).

FIELDING
E: Lopez (2, fielding).
DP: 2 (Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis, Pedroia-Lugo-Youkilis).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Upton, CF5111014.284
Crawford, LF4100101.274
Aybar, 2B1110100.264
Pena, 1B3011102.229
Longoria, 3B3000112.267
Hinske, DH2000120.264
  a-Gomes, PH-DH1001002.204
Navarro, C3100103.313
Gross, RF2122200.235
Bartlett, SS4010011.252
Totals285658515 

a-Grounded into a forceout for Hinske in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Pena (9, Masterson).
HR: Upton (6, 1st inning off Masterson, 0 on, 0 out), Gross (6, 4th inning off Masterson, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Upton 4; Aybar; Pena 2; Gross 5; Bartlett.
RBI: Upton (41), Gross 2 (22), Pena (37), Gomes (15).
2-out RBI: Gross 2; Pena.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Upton; Navarro; Crawford.
S: Aybar.
GIDP: Navarro; Upton.
Team LOB: 9.

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Masterson (L, 4-2)6.05445523.75
Smith, C 0.10113002.84
Lopez 1.21000002.32
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shields (W, 6-5)6.15221513.70
Miller 0.00001003.92
Balfour (H, 1)0.20000001.17
Wheeler (H, 20)1.00000001.88
Percival (H, 2)0.23220103.54
Howell (S, 2)0.10000003.00

Miller pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP: Aybar (by Masterson).
Pitches-strikes: Masterson 105-57, Smith, C 17-5, Lopez 21-17, Shields 104-66, Miller 7-3, Balfour 7-5, Wheeler 7-5, Percival 16-9, Howell 7-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Masterson 8-5, Smith, C 1-0, Lopez 5-0, Shields 7-6, Miller 0-0, Balfour 1-1, Wheeler 0-3, Percival 0-1, Howell 0-1.
Batters faced: Masterson 28, Smith, C 4, Lopez 6, Shields 24, Miller 1, Balfour 2, Wheeler 3, Percival 5, Howell 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Lopez 3-1, Miller 1-0, Balfour 2-0, Howell 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:55.
Att: 34,145.

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