Carl Crawford blasted a solo home run in the first inning off Josh Beckett. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
After the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the eighth, the Rays exploded for three runs in the bottom half of the frame to pull themselves within five games of Boston in the Wild Card race. Pat Burrell hit an RBI single and Evan Longoria followed him with a two-run home run.
a-Walked for Varitek in the 8th. b-Flied out for Gathright in the 9th. 1-Ran for Ortiz, D in the 8th.
2-Ran for Kotchman in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Youkilis 2 (33, Garza, M, Garza, M), Gonzalez, Al (16, Garza, M). 3B: Bay (3, Garza, M). TB: Gonzalez, Al 2; Drew, J; Youkilis 4; Martinez, V; Bay 3. RBI: Bay (94), Ortiz, D (79), Drew, J (56), Martinez, V (87). 2-out RBI: Drew, J; Martinez, V. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Varitek; Gonzalez, Al; Ortiz, D; Ellsbury 2; Lowell. Team RISP:
3-for-16. Team LOB: 9.
BASERUNNING SB: Ellsbury (56, 2nd base off Garza, M/Zaun), Gathright (2, 2nd base off Springer/Zaun).
FIELDING E: Youkilis (5, fielding). Outfield assists: Bay (Zaun at home).