Series: Game 1 of 2

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 4/11)

Game 1: Monday, April 11
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 13
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Rays 16

(2-8, 2-3 away)

Red Sox 5

(2-8, 2-2 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 11, 2011

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    BOS 001100111 5 10 2

    W: J. Hellickson (1-1)

    L: D. Matsuzaka (0-2)

    Sam Fuld, Rays batter Dice-K in rout of Red Sox

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- The Tampa Bay Rays were certainly overdue for a big offensive game.

    Sam Fuld went 4 for 6 with a two-run homer, drove in three runs and fell a single shy of the cycle to help the Rays bust out of an early-season slump with a 16-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

    "That was nice to see," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Really consistent at-bats throughout the game. We attacked pitches, sprayed the ball all around the place."

    Fuld, who grew up a self-described "big Red Sox fan" about an hour away in Durham, N.H., and Johnny Damon sparked the Rays' slumbering offense.

    "We haven't had too many leads the whole season," Fuld said. "I think I had a little more adrenaline playing in a park I grew up going to."

    Damon had three hits, including a solo homer, and three RBIs, and John Jaso and Reid Brignac also drove in three runs apiece for the Rays.

    Losers in eight of its first nine games, Tampa Bay came in hitting a major-league worst .163 and had scored just 20 total runs, the fewest after nine games since the 2003 Detroit Tigers -- a team that finished 43-119.

    Fuld doubled into the left-field corner in his last at-bat in the ninth.

    Maddon said many players in the dugout teased him that they would have settled for a single.

    "It shows his integrity there at the end of the game," he said. "He could have stopped at first base easily. Some guys in the dugout said they would have slid into first base."

    Damon said, "At this stage of my career, if that happened, I'm stopping."

    Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo homer for the Red Sox.

    Boston's loss came in Carl Crawford's first game against his former team. Crawford, who spent 12 years in the Rays' organization before leaving to sign a $142-million, 7-year contract with the Red Sox in December, went 2 for 5, raising his average to .163.

    Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) gave up two runs, five hits, walked five and struck out one in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win.

    The Rays, who led for just two innings all season, jumped ahead 1-0 on Damon's homer in the first and never trailed.

    Damon, a key contributor to Boston's 2004 World Series title team that ended an 86-year championship drought, was greeted with the usual boos he's received since signing with the Yankees following the 2005 season. Before the noise subsided, he belted Daisuke Matsuzaka's first pitch into the Rays' bullpen for his second homer.

    "We booed him when he got back to the dugout," Maddon joked.

    It got a lot worse for Matsuzaka (0-2) in the second -- and the boos were much louder for him. Tampa Bay sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on three consecutive two-run hits after the right-hander loaded the bases with no outs. Jaso made it 3-0 with a two-run double, and Brignac drove in a pair with a single before Fuld hooked his two-run shot around the Peksy Pole in right.

    "I've seen a lot of balls hit around that Pesky Pole on TV," said Fuld, who said he had about 30 people in the stands to watch him and went to "about 40 or 50 games" when he was a kid.

    Matsuzaka threw 10 pitches in the first -- all strikes.

    "There was one walk and seven balls hit right on the barrel," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We love when guys throw strikes, but there were balls middle-middle for seven hitters."

    Matsuzaka lasted just two-plus innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.

    "I was happy with him mixing the pitches up. We didn't just sit on one pitch. A couple of them were up over the plate that they were able to put some hits together," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Matsuzaka's outing. "Another night he could do the same thing and they foul some off and they miss. We just have to erase this one."

    Adrian Gonzalez's RBI triple cut it to 6-1 in the third.

    The Rays added a run on Damon's RBI single in the fourth before David Ortiz tripled and scored on J.D. Drew's single in the bottom half.

    Ortiz became the only AL player with at least one triple in each of the last 12 seasons.

    Ben Zobrist's two-run double chased reliever Tim Wakefield and made it 12-2 in the sixth.

    Game notes

    It was Matsuzaka's 100th career start. ... Francona said he'd like to become "somewhat consistent" with his lineup after switching fairly often during the team's initial eight games. ... Maddon said he hadn't heard from major league baseball after his ejection in Sunday's loss to the Chicago White Sox. He did say he saw highlights of it while he was at dinner Sunday night and said it looked like "an out of control manager" and found the video "somewhat humorous." ... Red Sox C Jason Varitek turned 39 Monday. ... Damon spoke to a large press gathering before the game. "Those four years coming here as a Yankee, there was definitely a little higher stress," he said. "I feel like I've been a pretty good ambassador to the game. I feel like I'm a pretty good person. A lot of people around these parts dislike me because I did play for the Yankees, that's part of it."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumFenway Park, Boston, MA
    Attendance37,568 (101.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:29
    Weather64 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind20 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Bill Welke

    Research Notes

    Sam Fuld, who entered Monday with 11 career extra-base hits in 180 plate appearances, had four of them in Tampa Bay's 16-5 win over Boston. Each of Fuld's four hits came off a different pitch type. His career vs. offspeed pitches:
    The Red Sox have allowed 69 runs through their first 10 games. That matches the 1980 club for the third-most runs allowed in that span. Only twice in franchise history have they allowed more than 69 runs in the first 10 games.
    David Ortiz has a triple in every season since 2000. Two other AL players have a triple in every season since at least 2000, entering this season: Johnny Damon has a triple in every season since 1995 (doesnt have one yet this season) and Carlos Guillen has a triple in every season since 2000 (doesnt have one yet this season, on DL).
    The Rays entered Monday's game 1-8 with 20 runs scored TOTAL in their 9 games. In those 9 games they held a lead in just 2 innings. Monday they led from the 1st inning on as they scored 16 runs and hit .444 as a team.
    This is the 7th time in franchise history that the Red Sox are 2-8 through their first 10 games (have never been worse). However, it's just the 2nd time its happened since the end of WWII. They also started 2-8 in 1996 (and finished that season 85-77, 3rd place in AL East).
    The Rays scored 16 runs. That's the most runs they've scored in a game against the Red Sox. The previous record was 15. On July 24, 2003 they beat the Red Sox 15-9.
    The Rays have been a totally miserable offensive team this season, but tonight they got to face Dice-K and make all of that go away. In their first 9 games, they averaged 5.2 hits per game, 2.2 runs and 2.2 extra-base hits. In the SECOND INNING of their 10th game tonight in Boston, the Rays scored 6 runs, had 6 hits and had 3 for extra bases.

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