Carlos Pena hangs his head after striking out for the fourth time. (Charles Krupa/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Ace James Shields served up two homers among nine hits over 5 1/3 innings as the Rays had no answers for Josh Beckett. Evan Longoria roped a two-run single to center field in the eighth inning, but Tampa Bay's offense managed just three hits and struck out 14 times.
BATTING 2B: Crawford, C (1, Beckett). TB: Longoria; Crawford, C 2; Iwamura. RBI: Crawford, C (1), Longoria 2 (2). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Burrell 2. SF: Crawford, C. Team RISP: 2-for-7. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING SB: Gross (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Bartlett (1, 3rd base off Masterson/Varitek), Iwamura (1, 2nd base off
FIELDING Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Youkilis at 3rd base). DP: (Longoria-Pena, C).