The Game: The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox played to tie 9-9 with extra innings not being played. The Rays rallied from a six run deficit to tie the game.
Boston took the lead in the first inning. Mike Cameron was hit by a pitch to lead off then Bill drew a walk. A double steal was called and both runners advanced into scoring position. Adrian Beltre drove home two runs with a triple to left, giving Boston a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox added four more runs in the third inning. Beltre drew a walk to get things started. Josh Reddick followed with a double. Then Tug Hulett drove home the runs with a double to score Beltre and Reddick. Anthony Rizzo cleared the bases with a two run homer to increase the lead to 6-0.
The Rays reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Carl Crawford singled to the mound followed by a walk to Ben Zobrist. Carlos Pena drove home both runners with a two run single to pull the Rays to within four runs of the lead 6-2.
The Rays pulled closer in the fourth inning. Wily Aybar, Pat Burrell and Dioner Navarro led off the inning with singles to load the bases. Gabe Kapler drove home a run by hitting into a double play, Aybar scored and Navarro was safe at second. Jason Bartlett singled to advance Navarro to third. Crawford then drove home Navarro to bring the Rays to within two runs 6-4.
Boston struck again in the fifth inning. Reddick went deep with a solo home run to push the lead to 7-4.
Tampa Bay battled back to tie the game and take the lead in the seventh inning. Kapler and Reid Brignac led off the inning with back to back singles. Both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Elliot Johnson drove home two runs with a single to center. Johnson then scored on a double by Greg Sexton. Sexton would later score on a double by Joe Dillon to take the lead 8-7.
The Red Sox tied the game in the eighth inning. Jason Place singled to first base, scoring Matt Sheely to tie the game 8-8.
The Rays regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Reid Brignac singled to right field to get things going. Brignac moved to second on a wild pitch then advanced to third on a fly ball by Johnson. Sexton drove home the go ahead run with a single to center, scoring Brignac and giving the Rays a 9-8 lead.
The Red Sox tied the game once again in the ninth inning. Frandsen's RBI single scored Hulett to tie the game 9-9. Neither club could push across another run and the game was ended in the ninth as a tie.
Joaquin Benoit pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. Rafael Soriano pitched an inning and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Lance Cormier allowed a run on 1 hit with 3 strikeouts and a walk in 2 innings. Andy Sonnanstine threw a shut-out inning allowing 2 hits. Heath Rollins followed with 2 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with a strikout and 2 walks. Paul Phillips had the final 1/3 inning and allowed 1 hit.
RP Top Prospect Watch:
Reid Brignac: 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored.
A Look Ahead: The Rays travel to Fort Myers to play the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Wade Davis will get the start for the Rays.