1:40 PM ET, September 23, 2007
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
• Summary: Delmon Young hit a two-run homer against struggling knuckler Tim Wakefield and the Devil Rays beat the Red Sox.
• Turning point: Young's two-run shot in the second put the Rays ahead to stay.
• Unsung hero: Al Reyes pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save as the last-place Devil Rays ended a five-game skid.
• Figure this: Wakefield entered the game 9-0 at Tropicana Field and 19-2 overall against Tampa Bay, but he has allowed 21 runs in his last 17 2/3 innings.
• Hunt for October: The Red Sox now lead the Yankees by only 1½ games in the AL East.
• Quotable: "[Wakefield's] just going to throw it over the plate and it's going to break either way. Stay up. Stay down. You just don't know. That one just hit my bat." -- Young
-- ESPN.com news services
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 0
To Win Division, Since 1969
|*Deficit on May 29|
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
|x-clinched playoff spot|
Tampa Bay All-Star LF Carl Crawford (strained left groin) missed his sixth consecutive game. He might also sit out a three-game series against the New York Yankees that begins Tuesday. ... Boston LF Jacoby Ellsbury singled in the third and has a hit in 19 of 20 games since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sept. 1. ... Red Sox C Doug Mirabelli made his first start since straining his left hamstring on Sept. 6. ... Cora's homer, his first since April 29, ended a stretch of 174 at-bats without one.
Regular Season Series
|Boston leads 13-5 (as of Sun 9/23)|
|Tue 7/3||@BOS 4, TB 1||Recap|
|Wed 7/4||@BOS 7, TB 5||Recap|
|Thu 7/5||@BOS 15, TB 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/27||BOS 7, @TB 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/28||BOS 12, @TB 6||Recap|
|Sun 7/29||@TB 5, BOS 2||Recap|
|Mon 8/13||@BOS 3, TB 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/14||@BOS 2, TB 1||Recap|
|Wed 8/15||TB 6, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Mon 8/20||BOS 6, @TB 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/21||BOS 8, @TB 6||Recap|
|Wed 8/22||@TB 2, BOS 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/10||TB 1, @BOS 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/11||@BOS 16, TB 10||Recap|
|Wed 9/12||@BOS 5, TB 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/21||BOS 8, @TB 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/22||BOS 8, @TB 6||Recap|
|» Sun 9/23||@TB 5, BOS 4||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Devil Rays|
|TB||2nd||D Young homered to left center, B Upton scored.||0||2|
|TB||4th||J Gomes singled to left, D Young scored.||0||3|
|TB||5th||J Velandia singled to left, A Iwamura scored.||0||4|
|6th||D Ortiz reached on infield single to second, J Lugo scored, J Ellsbury to third, A Cora to second.||1||4|
|6th||J Drew walked, J Ellsbury scored, A Cora to third, D Ortiz to second.||2||4|
|6th||C Crisp singled to center, A Cora scored, D Ortiz to third, J Drew to second.||3||4|
|TB||6th||J Wilson sacrificed into fielder's choice to first, J Gomes scored, J Guzman to second.||3||5|
|8th||A Cora homered to right.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||30,310 (88.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Dimuro, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|