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Red Sox 13, Rays 5
Ace Scott Kazmir fell to the Red Sox for the second time this season. (Mike Carlson/AP)
The Rays have company for first place in the AL East after dropping the opener to the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Scott Kazmir put Tampa Bay in an early hole that it could not climb out of, even though it picked up homers from Akinori Iwamura, Justin Ruggiano and Dan Johnson.
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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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