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J.D. Drew comes through with Papi on the DL

June 3, 2008 ... His timing couldn't have been better with David Ortiz officially going on the disabled list. J.D. Drew doubled, homered, walked, scored two runs, and made two big catches as the Sox let some air out of the Tampa Bay magic bus with a 7-4 win over the Rays.

On a night that was entertaining the Sox and Rays went back and forth before Boston landed the decisive counterpunch with a four-run sixth inning that took its impetus from an error by shortstop Jason Bartlett and reached its apex on that rarest of events, a big hit by Coco Crisp.

Crisp, who wasn't even in Terry Francona's original lineup until Manny Ramirez mentioned that his hamstring was still sore, lined a two-run, opposite-field double that gave the Sox a 6-4 lead. A night after he ended an 0-for-23 slump, Crisp delivered following a tying single by Jason Varitek and pinned a defeat on Rays starter Matt Garza, who spiked a baseball, Rasheed-style, after issuing a four-pitch walk to Drew in the midst of the Sox uprising.

The rally made a winner of Justin Masterson, the 23-year-old rookie who has settled nicely into the role of pitcher-on-call, going six innings for his second big league win, this one as fill-in for the disabled Daisuke Matsuzaka. Some terrific work by Craig Hansen in the eighth and an overpowering ninth from Jonathan Papelbon, who hit 99 miles per hour on the Fenway gun for his 17th save, closed it out.

The Rays drew first blood when Akinori Iwamura homered to lead off the game. The Sox came back in the second inning when Ramirez, after waving his helmet to the home folks getting their first chance to salute his 500th home run, singled and scored ahead of Mike Lowell's home run, his eighth of the season.

Doubles by B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena tied the score in the third, an inning that could have mushroomed into more if Drew hadn't run down Evan Longoria's drive into the right-field corner.

Drew answered in the bottom of the inning with a first-pitch home run, his sixth of the season. It was Drew again in the fifth, running down Dioner Navarro's two-out drive to the track in right with Iwamura aboard on a walk.

Undeterred, the Rays kept the pressure on in the sixth. Upton singled, stole second, and scored ahead of a home run by Pena, the Haverhill homeboy's 11th of the season. A two-out walk to Eric Hinske and a base hit by Gabe Gross had the Sox bullpen in overdrive, but Francona decided to test Masterson's mettle, leaving him in to pitch to Bartlett, who grounded into an inning-ending force.

Garza drilled Kevin Youkilis with a pitch in the left forearm to start the sixth, then Bartlett bobbled Ramirez's grounder. Drew walked to load the bases, and Varitek and Crisp followed with their run-scoring hits. Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly accounted for the final run.

Drew has three homers in his last 13 games.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

TAMPA BAY RAYS

1

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

 

 

4

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

0

1

0

4

0

0

x

 

 

7

7

0

 

 

W-Justin Masterson (2-0)
S-Jonathan Papelbon (17)
L-Matt Garza (4-2)
Attendance - 37,823

 2B-Upton (TB), Pena (TB), Drew (Bost), Crisp (Bost)

 HR-Iwamura (TB), Pena (TB), Lowell (Bost), Drew (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury lf 2 0 0 .284  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 0 0 .276  

 

Kevin Youkilis 1b 3 1 1 .305  

 

Manny Ramirez dh 4 2 1 .295  

 

Mike Lowell 3b 4 1 1 .284  

 

J.D. Drew rf 3 2 2 .296  

 

Jason Varitek c 4 1 1 .269  

 

Coco Crisp cf 4 0 1 .250  

 

Julio Lugo ss 2 0 0 .275  

 

Alex Cora ss 0 0 0 .303  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Justin Masterson 6 6 4 2 5  
  Manny Delcarmen 1 0 0 1 1  
  Javier Lopez - 1 0 1 0  
  Craig Hansen 1 0 0 0 1  
  Jon Papelbon 1 2 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2008 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 35 23 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 36 25 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 4

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 29 29 6

 

 

New York Yankees 28 30 7