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RED SOX UPSET BY RAYS 5-4 IN 11; MOVE TO 15-10
Unexpected hero, Nathan Haynes, propels
(April 25, 2008) –Originally entering the game as a pinch-runner for Carlos Pena, who pinch-hit for Jonny Gomes, in the bottom of the ninth, Nathan Haynes became the hero two innings later with a no-out single to right to score left fielder, Carl Crawford. Haynes’s single gave Rays reliever Scott Dohmann his first win of the season and brought
Crawford led of the bottom of the inning with single off of Sox reliever Mike Timlin to left field. He, then, swiped second base with great ease on a 0-1 count to B.J. Upton putting the winning run in scoring position with no outs.
The Rays would get out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when
But the damage was not done yet. Kevin Cash, who was getting the start with the knuckleballer on mound, drove in Drew with the third run with a fly ball to Crawford in left. The sacrifice fly was Cash’s third RBI on the season. The young Ellsbury would follow Cash’s lead with a single to left to plate Casey. After letting three runs cross the plate, Garza was able to minimize the damage, getting Dustin Pedroia to pop out to first.
Being known for his effectiveness in domed stadiums, Tim Wakefield struggled against the Rays. This was a time where numbers can lie. Although he was able to pitch six complete innings giving up just three earned runs on six hits, walks were a problem for
The Rays got one run back in the top of the third inning after a one-out single by rookie third baseman Evan Longoria to drive in designated hitter, Jonny Gomes. Longoria would have drove in two runs but Cash “caught”
As noted before the lead was short lived when Cash drove in Drew, in the top of the sixth, with a base hit. Drew led off the inning with a base hit that was followed by a Jed Lowrie single.
The Sox look to even up the series with
WIN: Scott Dohman(1-0)
LOSS: Mike Timlin (2-2)
First series of the season against the Rays and Red Sox.
First baseman Sean Casey left the game in the middle of the second inning with a right hip flexor strain. He appeared to injure himself when scoring form second on Ellsbury’s single to left field.
Rays relievers retired eight consecutive Sox batters before allowing Cash’s infield single to third in the top of the ninth.
There were Web Gems in the outfield tonight. Both B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford made remarkable diving catches to save additional runs and extra bases off the bat of Ellsbury and Youkilis in the fourth and sixth innings respectively.
The Sox are currently 1-1 in extra innings games.
The 3 Stars of the Game: