The Rays defeated the Red Sox 2-1 Wednesday night at the Trop. It was a tight game with some strong pitching from Jeremy Hellickson and Clay Buchholz. The Rays out-hit the streaking Red Sox 8 to 7. The Red Sox did not have a lot of solid hits, as they were mostly little dinkers that dropped for hits.
The scoring started with, of all things, a balk in the 2nd inning. The balk, which was one of thee committed by Boston in this ballgame, gave the Rays an early 1-0 lead.
The Sox struck back in the top of the 4th with a little loop single by Daniel Nava, tying the game at one.
Luke Scott gave the Rays back their one-run lead with a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning.
After six innings outstanding innings from Helly, the bullpen did a great job containing the Red Sox by going 3 innings and recording two hits and three strikeouts. Fernando Rodney recored the save to remain perfect (12/12).
The Rays are now 24-14, 14-3 at home. They snap red-hot Boston's five-game winning streak, and now lead them by 6.5 games in the division. The remain tied atop the division with Baltimore, who beat Kansas City in 15 innings last night. They gain ground on the Yankees, who lost 8-1 to Toronto, and now have a 3.5 game lead over them.
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