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Blasting their way up
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Red Sox 13, Rays 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out seven; Jason Varitek hit his 13th homer. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Six different players blasted homers against Scott Kazmir and the bullpen to give the Red Sox a share of the AL East lead for the first time since the All-Star break. Daisuke Matsuzaka's 17th win of '08 was also Boston's first victory in seven tries at Tropicana Field this season.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (89-61)
Won 3
Boston 13, Tampa Bay 5   TB
Tampa Bay (88-60)
Lost 3
September 15, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
4 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 0   13 11 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0   5 7 0
Standings thru 9/15/08  |  Recap: BOS | TB  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rays stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 3 2 1 0 3 0 0 .289
Pedroia, 2B 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .327
  a-Cash, PH-3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .231
Ortiz, DH 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 .265
  1-Carter, C, PR-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .667
Youkilis, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 .312
  b-Bailey, PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270
Lowell, 3B 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .275
  2-Cora, PR-SS-2B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .283
Bay, LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 .288
  Ross, D, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .230
Lowrie, SS-3B-SS 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 .275
Varitek, C 3 1 1 2 0 1 3 .224
  Van Every, J, RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Ellsbury, RF-LF 5 2 2 1 0 0 1 .267
Totals 35 13 11 13 9 6 12  

a-Walked for Pedroia in the 7th. b-Struck out for Youkilis in the 8th.
1-Ran for Ortiz in the 6th. 2-Ran for Lowell in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Crisp (16, Kazmir), Ortiz (27, Talbot), Youkilis (40, Talbot).
HR: Ortiz (19, 1st inning off Kazmir, 2 on, 0 out), Lowell (17, 1st inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 1 out), Bay (30, 4th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out), Varitek (13, 4th inning off Kazmir, 1 on, 0 out), Youkilis (26, 4th inning off Talbot, 1 on, 1 out), Ellsbury (8, 5th inning off Talbot, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Crisp 2; Pedroia; Ortiz 6; Youkilis 6; Lowell 4; Bay 4; Varitek 4; Ellsbury 5.
RBI: Ortiz 4 (81), Lowell (73), Bay (98), Varitek 2 (40), Pedroia (79), Youkilis 3 (105), Ellsbury (45).
2-out RBI: Ellsbury.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Varitek.
GIDP: Varitek; Bay.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
CS: Ellsbury (9, 2nd base by Kazmir/Navarro).
PO: Ellsbury (1st base by Kazmir).

FIELDING
DP: (Cora-Lowrie-Bailey).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .278
  a-Aybar, W, PH-2B 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 .257
Bartlett, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
  b-Zobrist, PH-SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .225
Pena, C, 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .245
  c-Johnson, D, PH-1B 2 1 1 2 0 1 2 .300
Longoria, 3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .281
  Jaso, C 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .274
  d-Hernandez, M, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Navarro, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .293
  Ruggiano, RF 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 .231
Hinske, LF-3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .245
Gross, RF 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .246
  Gomes, J, LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .174
Perez, F, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250
Totals 33 5 7 5 4 11 15  

a-Flied out for Iwamura in the 5th. b-Struck out for Bartlett in the 5th. c-Struck out for Pena, C in the 5th. d-Grounded out for Floyd, C in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Iwamura (6, 3rd inning off Matsuzaka, 0 on, 1 out), Ruggiano (2, 6th inning off Smith, C, 1 on, 1 out), Johnson, D (2, 7th inning off Smith, C, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Iwamura 4; Aybar, W; Pena, C; Johnson, D 4; Jaso; Ruggiano 4; Perez, F.
RBI: Iwamura (43), Ruggiano 2 (7), Johnson, D 2 (3).
2-out RBI: Johnson, D 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Floyd, C; Johnson, D.
GIDP: Hinske.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Pena, C-Bartlett-Talbot, Zobrist-Aybar, W-Johnson, D).
Pickoffs: Kazmir (Ellsbury at 1st base).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matsuzaka (W, 17-2) 5.0 3 1 1 2 7 1 2.93
Smith, C 2.0 4 4 4 0 3 2 7.31
Timlin 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.96
Pauley 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 7.71
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (L, 11-7) 3.0 6 9 9 4 2 4 3.50
Talbot 3.0 5 4 4 3 2 2 12.00
Salas 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7.11
Hammel 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.54

Kazmir pitched to 5 batters in the 4th.

HBP: Longoria (by Matsuzaka), Varitek (by Kazmir), Lowell (by Talbot).
Pitches-strikes: Matsuzaka 101-62, Smith, C 49-31, Timlin 8-4, Pauley 19-8, Kazmir 72-39, Talbot 62-35, Salas 34-22, Hammel 9-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Matsuzaka 2-4, Smith, C 1-2, Timlin 2-0, Pauley 2-0, Kazmir 1-3, Talbot 4-1, Salas 2-2, Hammel 1-0.
Batters faced: Matsuzaka 21, Smith, C 10, Timlin 3, Pauley 4, Kazmir 19, Talbot 16, Salas 8, Hammel 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Talbot 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Paul Emmel. 3B: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:20.
Att: 29,772.
September 15, 2008

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