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Red Sox 8, Rays 4
Jon Lester struck out nine and walked two on Tuesday. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
After three unsuccessful tries, Jon Lester finally beat the Rays in 2009. Lester overpowered Tampa Bay hitters over six innings, fanning nine while allowing two runs. J.D. Drew and Jason Bay homered for Boston, which is now leads the Rays by six games in the Wild Card race.
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Series at a glance:
  • Tue. 09/01: BOS 8, TB 4
  • Wed. 09/02: TB 8, BOS 5
  • Thu. 09/03: BOS 6, TB 3
BOS
Boston (77-54)
Won 4
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 4   TB
Tampa Bay (71-60)
Lost 1
September 1, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 1 0 3 1 1 0 1 1   8 12 1
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0   4 11 3
Standings thru 9/1/09  |  Recap: BOS | TB  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rays stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 6 1 2 2 0 1 2 .301
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 0 0 2 1 3 .299
Martinez, V, C 4 0 2 0 1 0 3 .290
Youkilis, 1B 4 2 2 2 0 1 1 .310
Ortiz, D, DH 5 0 1 0 0 2 5 .229
Bay, LF 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 .257
Lowell, 3B 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 .302
Drew, J, RF 4 1 1 2 1 0 3 .265
Gonzalez, Al, SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 4 .225
Totals 39 8 12 8 6 6 22  

BATTING
2B: Lowell 2 (28, Sonnanstine, Sonnanstine).
3B: Ellsbury (9, Howell).
HR: Drew, J (19, 4th inning off Sonnanstine, 1 on, 0 out), Bay (30, 5th inning off Sonnanstine, 0 on, 0 out), Youkilis (23, 8th inning off Wheeler, D, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ellsbury 4; Ortiz, D; Lowell 4; Gonzalez, Al; Drew, J 4; Youkilis 5; Martinez, V 2; Bay 4.
RBI: Ellsbury 2 (48), Drew, J 2 (55), Youkilis 2 (79), Bay (93), Lowell (66).
2-out RBI: Ellsbury 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ortiz, D 3; Martinez, V 2; Pedroia 2; Drew, J.
SF: Youkilis; Lowell.
GIDP: Bay.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, Al (7, throw).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .338
Crawford, C, LF 5 1 1 0 0 2 4 .311
Zobrist, RF-2B 4 0 1 0 1 2 1 .289
Longoria, 3B 5 1 2 0 0 2 3 .272
Pena, C, 1B 4 2 2 2 1 1 2 .225
Burrell, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .239
Iwamura, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .303
  a-Aybar, W, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .255
  1-Gross, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
Navarro, D, C 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 .227
  2-Kapler, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
  Zaun, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
Upton, B, CF 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 .237
Totals 38 4 11 4 3 14 20  

a-Singled for Iwamura in the 8th.
1-Ran for Aybar, W in the 8th. 2-Ran for Navarro, D in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Pena, C (39, 4th inning off Lester, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bartlett; Longoria 2; Crawford, C; Pena, C 5; Burrell; Zobrist; Navarro, D 2; Aybar, W.
RBI: Pena, C 2 (98), Burrell (53), Navarro, D (30).
2-out RBI: Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Pena, C; Crawford, C 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Iwamura (6, fielding), Pena, C (10, fielding), Crawford, C (4, fielding).
DP: (Longoria-Iwamura-Pena, C).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (W, 11-7) 6.0 7 2 2 2 9 1 3.58
Wagner, B 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Okajima 0.0 4 2 2 1 0 0 3.19
Papelbon (S, 33) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.87
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sonnanstine (L, 6-8) 4.0 8 5 3 4 2 2 6.62
Shouse 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.14
Cormier 0.2 1 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
Bradford 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.57
Choate 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.81
Wheeler, D 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 3.56
Balfour 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 0 4.55
Howell 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.47

Okajima pitched to 5 batters in the 8th.
Sonnanstine pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

Pitches-strikes: Lester 97-58, Wagner, B 13-9, Okajima 20-14, Papelbon 28-20, Sonnanstine 91-55, Shouse 12-6, Cormier 19-11, Bradford 7-6, Choate 25-15, Wheeler, D 13-8, Balfour 20-13, Howell 5-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lester 5-3, Wagner, B 0-0, Okajima 0-0, Papelbon 0-1, Sonnanstine 5-4, Shouse 1-1, Cormier 2-1, Bradford 0-1, Choate 2-0, Wheeler, D 1-0, Balfour 0-1, Howell 1-0.
Batters faced: Lester 27, Wagner, B 3, Okajima 5, Papelbon 6, Sonnanstine 25, Shouse 3, Cormier 5, Bradford 1, Choate 5, Wheeler, D 3, Balfour 3, Howell 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Papelbon 3-0, Shouse 1-0, Cormier 2-0, Bradford 3-1, Choate 2-0, Howell 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Paul Nauert. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Paul Schrieber.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:44.
Att: 17,692.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 1, 2009
September 1, 2009

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