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RED SOX SWEEP RAYS 5-3; MOVE TO 20-13
Kevin Youkilis and Company do some spring cleaning and sweep Rays north of the border
(May 4, 2008) – After being swept at Tropicana Field last weekend, the Red Sox returned the favor with a sweep of the Rays behind left hander Jon Lester. The Sox southpaw out-dueled Rays southpaw Scott Kazmir for just his second win – and first since his 5-0 victory in
The Sox got out to the early lead in the bottom of the first when lead-off hitter and left fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on ground ball up the middle and would move up to second on a walk by Dustin Pedroia. Ellsbury would swipe third on his tenth stolen base of the season while Pedroia went to second with his fourth. Replacing David Ortiz in the third spot of the order, Kevin Youkilis drove in the Sox’s version of the Greek God Nike with the first run of the game.
The Rays lefthander showed glimpses of his Red Sox dominance in his first start of the season but they were not enough. In the third inning, the Sox got to the young Rays ace again when Manny Ramirez doubled off the wall in left field to drive in Pedroia and Youkilis with the second and third runs of the game. Crisp would add the fourth Sox run off of Kazmir on a ground out to third by Pedroia. The Sox center fielder reached base on a single to center and then steal his fifth base of the season off of catcher Shawn Riggans. Riggans throw to get the stealing Crisp would be off line and bounce into center field allowing the Sox center fielder to take third.
Kazmir would exit the game after throwing 90 pitches, 55 for strikes, in four innings allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five Sox batters. The
The following inning, Manny Delcarmen relieved Lester who completed six innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out five Ray batters. After getting the first batter of the inning to ground out to third, Jason Bartlett singled into left field and would come around to score on a triple to the Triangle off the bat of second base man Akinori Iwamura. The speedy left fielder Carl Crawford would drive in Iwamura with
Youkilis would add and insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with his third homerun of the season to center field off Rays reliever Dan Wheeler. The Greek God of Walks would add two more insurance runs the following inning with a double off the wall in left to drive in
Just when the weather starts to turn out good for baseball in
The last time these two teams met
The Sox will send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the hill for the seventh time this season to face
Bonderman is making his seventh start of season in search of his third win for the Tigers. The
WIN: Jon Lester (2-2)
LOSS: Scott Kazmir (0-1)
SAVE: Jonathan Papelbon (9)
Brandon Moss was taken to Mass General yesterday for an emergency appendectomy. Manager Terry Francona said the team was not worried too much about Moss but they wanted to be safe rather than sorry. Moss left the clubhouse 30 minutes before the start of last night’s game and under went surgery during the game. According to team sources he is now “resting comfortably.” Although I do believe the word “comfortably” is all relative, you do not usually feel all that well after major surgery. Francona told the media that Moss will go home for about 10 days and then begin his rehab in
Jacoby Ellsbury was not initially in the starting line up but started in left field in replace of Manny Ramirez who replaced David Ortiz as the designated hitter. Ortiz was a last minute scratch to the line up due to soreness in that surgically repaired knee of his. But on the brighter side, B.J. Upton is back in the line up for the Rays.
Jonny Gomes was robbed of a double off the wall in left. The ball hit the yellow stripe on the wall but third base umpire Bill Welke called the ball foul.
Jonathan Papelbon came on in relief of Hideki Okajima to face pinch hitter Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the eight. Papelbon would retire the final four batters of the game to earn his ninth save of the year.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Kevin Youkilis,
---- 3-4 2 Doubles, Homerun, 4RBIs BOSTON
- Manny Ramirez,
--- 1-4 Double, 2 RBIs BOSTON
- Coco Crisp,
--- 2-3, SB, Run scored BOSTON