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Lead dwindles
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Red Sox 3, Rays 0
Edwin Jackson ran into trouble in the first inning, giving up a homer. (Winslow Townson/AP)
Edwin Jackson settled down after allowing three runs in the first inning, but it was all for naught as the Rays' bats couldn't crack Red Sox starter Jon Lester. When the dust cleared, Tampa Bay's lead in the AL East was down to just half a game.
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Series at a glance:
  • Mon. 09/08: BOS 3, TB 0
  • Tue. 09/09: TB 5, BOS 4
  • Wed. 09/10: @ BOS, 7:05 PM ET
TB
Tampa Bay (85-57)
Lost 4
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0   BOS
Boston (85-58)
Won 2
September 8, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 7 0
Boston
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   3 9 0
Standings thru 9/8/08  |  Recap: TB | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Red Sox stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .279
Upton, B, CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .274
  Zobrist, LF 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .222
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .245
Baldelli, DH 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 .300
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .253
Navarro, D, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .298
Bartlett, SS 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 .282
  a-Hinske, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Gross, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .239
Perez, F, LF-CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100
Totals 32 0 7 0 3 12 14  

a-Singled for Bartlett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Pena, C (20, Lester).
TB: Navarro, D; Bartlett 2; Hinske; Pena, C 2; Iwamura; Zobrist.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gross 2; Baldelli 3.
GIDP: Perez, F.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Upton, B (Youkilis at 2nd base), Gross (Kotsay at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Aybar, W-Iwamura-Pena, C, Navarro, D-Iwamura).
Pickoffs: Howell (Crisp at 1st base).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kotsay, RF 3 1 2 0 1 1 1 .290
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .328
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .270
Youkilis, 1B 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .315
Bay, LF 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 .290
Lowell, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .275
Lowrie, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .275
Varitek, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .227
Crisp, CF 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 .291
Totals 28 3 9 3 2 7 7  

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (24, Jackson, E).
HR: Bay (28, 1st inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ortiz, D 2; Youkilis; Crisp 3; Bay 5; Kotsay 2.
RBI: Ortiz, D (73), Youkilis (98), Bay (95).
2-out RBI: Bay.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kotsay; Pedroia.
GIDP: Lowell.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crisp (20, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D).
CS: Youkilis (5, 2nd base by Jackson, E/Navarro, D), Crisp (7, 2nd base by Howell/Navarro, D).
PO: Crisp (1st base by Howell).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lester-Youkilis, Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E (L, 11-10) 7.0 8 3 3 2 6 1 4.06
Howell 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.51
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (W, 14-5) 7.2 6 0 0 3 9 0 3.23
Papelbon (S, 36) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.62

Jackson, E pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Jackson, E 98-58, Howell 16-8, Lester 119-74, Papelbon 18-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Jackson, E 5-3, Howell 0-0, Lester 6-2, Papelbon 0-1.
Batters faced: Jackson, E 27, Howell 3, Lester 30, Papelbon 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Howell 1-0, Papelbon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:38.
Att: 37,662.
Venue: Fenway Park.
September 8, 2008
September 8, 2008

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