|ST. PETERSBURG - MAY 17: Cody Ross #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on May 17, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Felix Doubront again had trouble going deep into the game, but overall was good enough to get his fourth win of the season, giving up 6 H, 1 ER, 4BB, and striking out 7 over 5 2/3.
The Rays starter, Matt Moore had trouble early in the game, loading the bases and walking in a run in the first followed by solo homers in the second and third but after the third the southpaw was practically unhittable. He ended up going 6 IP, giving up 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, with 8 K. Even though he picked up his fourth loss of the season, the Rays have to feel good about this start.
The Sox picked up a run off of Burke Badenhop and another off J.P. Howell once Moore departed but the Rays made it interesting in the late innings.
With runners on first and second with 2 out in the eighth, Bobby V elected to go with his closer, Alfredo Aceves who allowed a run to score on a BJ Upton single. Now, with runners still on first and second, Kelly Shoppach appeared to get crossed up, allowing the runners to advance on a passed ball, but Aceves got Luke Scott to ground out and end the threat.
The bottom of the ninth was much less dramatic, with three consecutive groundouts to finish the Rays off and give the Sox a 5-3 win.
The Red Sox head over to Philadelphia to face old friend "Cinco Ocho" and the Phillies in a three game series starting tonight. Anyone else looking for Pap's first blown save of the season? Maybe he'll leave the park without commenting about that.
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