Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 18
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 19
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Game 3: Thursday, April 20
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Devil Rays 5

(8-8, 4-5 away)

Red Sox 1

(11-5, 6-4 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 20, 2006

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

    123456789 R H E
    TB 000200102 5 7 1
    BOS 010000000 1 6 0

    W: S. Kazmir (2-1)

    L: T. Wakefield (1-3)

    S: D. Miceli (4)

    Red Sox wrap up 10-game homestand against Devil Rays

    Tampa Bay (7-8) at Boston (11-4) 7:05 pm EDT

    BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox have to like their chances of completing a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on the mound.

    With an impressive history of success against the Devil Rays, Wakefield will start Thursday as the Red Sox look to finish their 10-game homestand with seven wins.

    The 39-year-old Wakefield (1-2, 4.34 ERA) went 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay last season, improving his lifetime record to 13-1 against the Devil Rays. The 13 wins are tied for his most against any team.

    Wakefield will try to extend a five-game winning streak overall for Boston, which has won its last eight meetings against Tampa Bay at Fenway Park. Curt Schilling won his fourth straight start with six strong innings and Mike Lowell highlighted a seven-run third with a two-run double in Wednesday's 9-1 triumph.

    The Devil Rays will seek just their second win in their last 13 games here with 22-year-old ace Scott Kazmir (1-1, 4.82) on the mound. Kazmir has allowed just four runs in his last two starts after being pounded for six runs and eight hits in four innings of a 9-6 Opening Day loss at Baltimore.

    Ty Wigginton, who has become Tampa Bay's full-time third baseman since Aubrey Huff went on the disabled list last week, leads the club with six home runs in just 49 at-bats. Wigginton's career high in home runs is 12, established as a member of the New York Mets in 2004.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Tampa BayBoston
    Current StreakL4W1
    Last 103-75-5

    Pitching Matchup

    Tampa BayBoston
    S. Kazmir
    10-8, 3.24 ERA

    Last Game:
    8/22 at TB
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    T. Wakefield
    7-11, 4.63 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 vs BAL
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Tampa BayBoston
    1. C. Crawford, LF K. Youkilis, 1B
    2. J. Cantu, 2B M. Loretta, 2B
    3. T. Lee, 1B D. Ortiz, DH
    4. J. Gomes, DH M. Ramirez, LF
    5. R. Branyan, RF M. Lowell, 3B
    6. T. Wigginton, 3B W. Pena, RF
    7. T. Hall, C D. Mohr, CF
    8. T. Perez, SS J. Bard, C
    9. J. Gathright, CF A. Gonzalez, SS