7:10 PM ET, July 2, 2008
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- There's no secret to the success of the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting carried them to the top of the AL East standings.The same winning combination is keeping them there.Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and B.J. Upton made a "Willie Mays-esque" catch in center field to help an improved bullpen hold off Boston 7-6 Wednesday night for Tampa Bay's second three-game sweep of the World Series champions this season.
• The Rays have won four in a row, have the best record in the league and a 3½-game lead in the AL East.
• The Rays put together their second sweep of the Red Sox this season. The last team to sweep Boston twice in the same season was the 2001 Yankees.
• Evan Longoria had three RBIs and now has 18 in his last 15 games.
• Dustin Pedroia had his fourth four-hit game of the season and fell a single shy of the cycle.
-- ESPN.com research
Pedroia has homered eight times in his last 39 games after hitting one in his first 45 this season. ... Boston CF Coco Crisp served the final day of a five-game suspension for his role in the June 5 benches-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Rays. He's eligible to return to the lineup against the Yankees on Thursday. ... Rays reliever Al Reyes, out since June 10 because of right shoulder tendinitis, is progressing and may throw batting practice this weekend. ... Francona said RHP Mike Timlin (left knee tendinitis) will be activated from the 15-day DL Thursday. RHP Chris Smith will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 10-8 (as of Wed 7/2)|
|Fri 4/25||@TB 5, BOS 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/26||@TB 2, BOS 1||Recap|
|Sun 4/27||@TB 3, BOS 0||Recap|
|Fri 5/2||@BOS 7, TB 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/3||@BOS 12, TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 5/4||@BOS 7, TB 3||Recap|
|Tue 6/3||@BOS 7, TB 4||Recap|
|Wed 6/4||@BOS 5, TB 1||Recap|
|Thu 6/5||@BOS 7, TB 1||Recap|
|Mon 6/30||@TB 5, BOS 4||Recap|
|Tue 7/1||@TB 3, BOS 1||Recap|
|» Wed 7/2||@TB 7, BOS 6||Box Score|
|Mon 9/8||@BOS 3, TB 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/9||TB 5, @BOS 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/10||TB 4, @BOS 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/15||BOS 13, @TB 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||@TB 2, BOS 1||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||@TB 10, BOS 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Rays|
|1st||D Pedroia homered to left.||1||0|
|1st||E Longoria singled to right, B Upton scored, C Pena to third.||1||1|
|3rd||M Ramirez grounded out to third, D Pedroia scored, J Drew to second.||2||1|
|5th||J Drew tripled to deep center, D Pedroia scored.||3||1|
|5th||J Drew scored, K Youkilis to second on wild pitch by S Kazmir.||4||1|
|7th||A Iwamura reached on infield single to first, J Bartlett scored.||4||2|
|7th||C Pena walked, A Iwamura scored, C Crawford to third, B Upton to second.||4||3|
|7th||E Longoria doubled to center, C Crawford and B Upton scored, C Pena to third.||4||5|
|7th||J Bartlett singled to center, C Pena and E Longoria scored, D Navarro to second.||4||7|
|8th||D Pedroia doubled to deep left center, J Lugo scored.||5||7|
|9th||K Youkilis hit sacrifice fly to center, M Ramirez scored.||6||7|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||36,048 (105.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Brian Gorman|