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How Sweep It Is: Rays Send Boston Packing

 
How Sweep It Is: Rays Send Boston Packing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- Sean Rodriguez's three-run homer in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie, giving the Tampa Bay Rays an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox and a sweep of their three-game series.

Odorizzi found himself in a jam in the second after a leadoff base hit by A.J. Pierzynski and a double by Grady Sizemore that put a pair of runners in scoring position with nobody out.  However, the right-hander was able to limit the damage to just a sacrifice fly by Brock Holt to fall behind 1-0.

Tampa Bay rallied in their half of the fourth inning, as Evan Longoria led off with a solo home run, his fifth of the year, to tie the game at 1-1.  Wil Myers then drew a walk two batters later, moved to third on a single by Brandon Guyer, and scored on a base hit by Logan Forsythe to give the Rays the lead.

Wil Myers made it a 3-1 game in the fifth after Tampa Bay loaded the bases with nobody out when he grounded to third, but beat out the back end of a possible double play, allowing David DeJesus, who walked with one out, to come home.

Odorizzi battled through six innings, allowing just a run on five hits, striking out five.

Boston tied the game in the top of the seventh, as Pierzynski reached on a fielding error by Yunel Escobar and scored when pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes blasted a two-run homer off Joel Peralta.

Tampa Bay countered Boston's inning with a five-run frame of their own in the bottom of the seventh, as Rodriguez, pinch-hitting for Joyce, teed off for a three-run homer off reliever Craig Breslow.  Yunel Escobar then brought in two more with an RBI double.

Escobar took third base following a pitching change, and after some barking from Pierzynski and David Ross, Jonny Gomes came in from left field and caused both benches to empty.  Escobar, Rodriguez and Gomes were all ejected.

Josh Lueke allowed a two-run single by Bogaerts to set the score, but Grant Balfour closed out the game by retiring Pedroia for his ninth save.

Tampa Bay now heads to Toronto to begin a three-game series against the division-leading Blue Jays Monday.

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