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No. 1 goal eludes Sox
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Rays 2, Red Sox 1
Kevin Youkilis produced Boston's only run with a sac fly in the sixth. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Boston had a taste of first after taking the opener, but it could not reclaim the top spot in the AL East all to itself, falling to the Rays on Dioner Navarro's walk-off single. Ace Josh Beckett did all he could, throwing eight strong innings.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (89-62)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1   TB
Tampa Bay (89-60)
Won 1
September 16, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   2 5 1
Standings thru 9/16/08  |  Recap: BOS | TB  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rays stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .269
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .327
Ortiz, D, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .262
Youkilis, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 .310
Lowell, 3B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .275
  1-Van Every, J, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
  Cora, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Kotsay, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .278
Lowrie, SS-3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .275
Varitek, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .223
Crisp, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .286
Totals 30 1 5 1 3 6 14  

1-Ran for Lowell in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Ellsbury 2; Lowell; Lowrie; Pedroia.
RBI: Youkilis (106).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crisp; Lowell; Lowrie.
SF: Youkilis.
GIDP: Crisp.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
CS: Ellsbury (10, 2nd base by Howell/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
DP: (Beckett-Pedroia-Youkilis).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .277
Bartlett, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .277
Pena, C, 1B 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .246
Longoria, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .278
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .274
Navarro, D, C 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .293
Hinske, LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .244
  Ruggiano, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Gross, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .244
Perez, F, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .226
Totals 29 2 5 2 2 8 10  

BATTING
HR: Pena, C (29, 7th inning off Beckett, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bartlett; Floyd, C; Pena, C 4; Navarro, D; Iwamura.
RBI: Pena, C (89), Navarro, D (47).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gross; Iwamura.
GIDP: Bartlett.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Longoria (9, fielding).
DP: (Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena, C).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett 8.0 3 1 1 1 7 1 3.96
Masterson (L, 6-5) 0.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.18
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sonnanstine 6.0 3 1 0 2 5 0 4.33
Balfour 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.58
Howell 1.1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2.36
Wheeler, D (W, 5-5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.69

Game Scores: Beckett , Sonnanstine .
HBP: Ruggiano (by Beckett), Floyd, C (by Masterson).
Pitches-strikes: Beckett 95-63, Masterson 22-14, Sonnanstine 93-60, Balfour 14-11, Howell 21-12, Wheeler, D 4-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Beckett 9-2, Masterson 0-0, Sonnanstine 6-5, Balfour 0-3, Howell 2-0, Wheeler, D 0-0.
Batters faced: Beckett 28, Masterson 5, Sonnanstine 23, Balfour 4, Howell 6, Wheeler, D 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Wheeler, D 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Jerry Crawford. 3B: Jerry Meals.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:51.
Att: 32,079.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 16, 2008
September 16, 2008

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