Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
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Tampa Bay 3
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
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Tampa Bay 1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
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Tampa Bay 3
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
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Tampa Bay 3

Red Sox 12

(81-62, 44-28 away)

Devil Rays 1

(48-96, 26-47 home)

    7:15 PM ET, September 10, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: J. Burkett (11-7)

    L: J. Kennedy (7-11)

    Burkett ends winless streak; Ramirez homers again

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- John Burkett benefited from Boston's offensive outburst.

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    Burkett snapped a seven-game winless streak and Manny Ramirez homered for the second straight day as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-1 Tuesday night.

    Doug Mirabelli and Nomar Garciaparra each hit a two-run homer for Boston, which began the day 7 games behind Anaheim in the AL wild-card race.

    The Red Sox had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.

    ''The boys pounded the ball,'' Burkett said.

    Burkett (11-7) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings for his first win since July 27. He had been 0-4 with an 8.47 ERA in his last seven starts.

    ''It's been a long time,'' Burkett said. ''It was a frustrating month. August was tough on me. I felt like, maybe, if I would have pitched a lot better, we'd be in a different situation right now.''

    Ramirez also hit an RBI double. He has seven homers and 20 RBI against Tampa Bay this season.

    ''We swung the bats good,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. ''Getting a few balls to fly over the fence, that's always good to see.''

    Aubrey Huff extended his career-high hitting streak to 17 games with a fifth-inning homer for the Devil Rays.

    Joe Kennedy (7-11) lost his third straight start, giving up seven runs and seven hits in six innings. The Devil Rays (48-96) have the fewest wins by an AL team after 144 games since the 1979 Toronto Blue Jays were 46-98.

    Ramirez was fined an undisclosed amount by Little for not running out a grounder in Monday's 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. The slugger hit a check-swing grounder back to pitcher Tanyon Sturtze in the third, and immediately headed toward the dugout.

    Ramirez later hit a tiebreaking homer Monday in the seventh inning.

    In the first inning Tuesday, Ramirez hit liner foul down the left-field line. After initially watching the ball, he started running toward first.

    Ramirez hit his 28th homer in the third, an opposite-field solo shot that put Boston up 2-0.

    ''He's playing hard,'' Little said.

    Ramirez left the clubhouse minutes after the game ended and was not available for comment.

    The Red Sox went ahead 7-1 with a five-run sixth. Ramirez and Cliff Floyd hit consecutive RBI doubles. After Benny Agbayani drove in a run with a single, Mirabelli hit a two-run homer.

    Garciaparra hit a two-run homer during a four-run seventh that made it 11-1. Pinch-hitter Freddy Sanchez delivered a two-run single in his major league debut.

    For the second straight game, a pitcher was ejected after hitting a batter with a pitch.

    Tampa Bay's Lee Gardner was tossed after hitting pinch-hitter Lou Merloni in the eighth.

    ''I'm not that kind of pitcher,'' Gardner said. ''I'm trying to stay on this ballclub, and that right there isn't going to help me out.''

    Umpire Jerry Crawford said players would continue to be ejected rather than warned if there were any more beanball problems in the series.

    ''They don't have to convince us that there's not a problem,'' Crawford said. ''They have to convince somebody at major league baseball. Five guys have been hit in two days. That's not going to convince anyone that there's not bad blood.''

    Boston's Derek Lowe was thrown out of Monday's game after hitting Felix Escalona with a pitch for the second time with the Red Sox up 4-3 in the seventh.

    Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, who has hit 15 batters this season, is scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 28 on Wednesday.

    ''We don't change the rules because of who's pitching,'' Crawford said. ''If the man working the plate deems one of those guys is throwing at somebody, the same thing is going to happen.''

    Little said the Red Sox might contact the commissioner's office about the situation.

    ''Those umpires are doing the job that they're being directed to do,'' Little said. ''We need to talk to someone about that. I'm not satisfied in my mind that any of that was intentional.''

    Game notes


    Kennedy hit two batters on breaking balls, but no action was taken. He has hit an AL-leading 16 batters. ... Ramirez has 65 RBI career against the Devil Rays, the most by any Tampa Bay opponent. ... Garciaparra has two homers in his last 28 games.

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