Josh Beckett threw 118 pitches and struck out five over his six innings Sunday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
David Ortiz and Jason Bay hit back-to-back doubles off the Green Monster in the eighth to break a 3-all tie, and then Jonathan Papelbon took over. After putting runners on the corners with nobody out, Papelbon struck out the next three hitters to give the Red Sox a series victory over the Rays.
BATTING 2B: Upton, B (5, Beckett), Aybar, W (4, Beckett). TB: Bartlett; Aybar, W 3; Upton, B 2; Crawford, C 2; Burrell. RBI: Burrell (17), Crawford, C (15), Bartlett (13). 2-out RBI: Burrell; Crawford, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist; Longoria; Navarro, D 2; Crawford, C 2. SF: Bartlett. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team LOB: 8.
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C (22, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Iwamura (7, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Bartlett (7, 2nd base
off Papelbon/Varitek). CS: Upton, B (2, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Green, N at 2nd base), Zobrist (Green, N at 2nd base).
BATTING 2B: Bay 2 (8, Garza, M, Wheeler, D), Bailey (2, Garza, M), Varitek (7, Garza, M), Ortiz, D (10, Shouse). TB: Ellsbury; Ortiz, D 2; Lowell; Green, N 2; Varitek 2; Bay 4; Bailey 2. RBI: Drew, J (17), Varitek (12), Green, N (12), Bay (34). 2-out RBI: Varitek; Green, N. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay; Varitek 2. Team RISP: 3-for-10. Team LOB: