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RED SOX SWEPT BY RAYS 3-0; MOVE TO 15-12
James Shields gives the Rays their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox
(April 27, 2008) – For the first time in the franchise’s 11 year history the Tampa Bay Rays swept the Red Sox in a three game series behind right handed starter James Shields. Shields pitched a complete game of two-hit ball recording seven strike outs while surrendering zero walks.
For the first six innings it was a one-run game coming from an errant pick-off throw by Sox starter Josh Beckett. After Rays shortstop, Jason Bartlett reached on a base hit past the reach of Sox shortstop Julio Lugo. Beckett’s attempted pick-off got by Kevin Youkilis and traveled up the first base line and into the Rays bullpen sending
After the rocky third inning, Beckett settled down and eventually retired nine Ray batters before surrendering a solo homerun to
Along with an outstanding performance by Beckett – with the exception of one blunder – he also set a new single-game high for himself. In seven innings, he struck out 13
Manny Delcarmen came on in relief of the Beckett to pitch the eighth inning and hit the first batter he faced (
The Red Sox will return to
WIN: James Shields (3-1)
LOSS: Josh Beckett (2-2)
Evan Longoria’s homerun in the bottom of the seventh was his third homerun this season and of his career.
David Ortiz gets another day off to rest his bruised knee. With the off day tomorrow, Ortiz will get three days off before the Red Sox return on Tuesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manny Ramirez stole his first base of the season and it was his first steal since April of 2005.
Jason Bartlett was hit in the head by a Manny Delcarmen fast ball in the bottom of the eighth inning. He would be all right.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- James Shields,
9IP, 2H, 7K TAMPA BAY
- Jason Bartlett,
1-2 2-runs scored TAMPA BAY
- Josh Beckett,
7IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 13K BOSTON