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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ALCS Game 4: Rays 13, Red Sox 4

Top 3rd: After a pair of longballs from Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria to make it 3-0 Rays in the first, the Rays get another pair on a Willy Aybar homer to extend their lead to 5-0. Dioner Navarro reached on a single, and that chased starter Tim Wakefield, who leaves the game with only 2.2 innings under his belt.

Justin Masterson gets right fielder Fernando Perez to strike out looking, but the Sox have a pretty sizeable mountain to climb.

Bottom 3rd: The Red Sox get one back on a homer by reserve catcher Kevin Cash. Carl Crawford didn't bother moving. 5-1 Rays.

Top 5th: Carl Crawford doubled and Willy Aybar singled him home, erasing himself on the basepaths along the way to renew a five-run lead. Masterson retired Navarro and Perez to finish the frame, but it's 6-1 Rays with half the game to go.

Top 6th: Manny Delcarmen gives up a one-out triple to Jason Bartlett, and follows it up with a walk to Akinuri Iwamura to put men on the corners. Upton knocks a 2-0 pitch to left to make it 7-1 Rays.

Delcarmen walks Carlos Pena to load the bases with only one out. That brings up Evan Longoria; Delcarmen takes him to a 1-2 count, but Longoria works the count full and walks. 8-1 Rays, and it's becoming another blowout. Terry Francona comes to get Delcarmen, replacing him with Javier Lopez.

Lopez immediately gives up a looping RBI single to Carl Crawford, and it's 9-1 Rays. The Sox need two grand slams to tie. Make that pull within one, as Willy Aybar smashes one to left to make it 10-1. They've posted four runs in the inning, the bags are still loaded, and there's only one out. The Rays announcers are debating whether to call it a "Boston Tee(off) Party" or a "Boston Massacre".

Dioner Navarro bounces out to Kevin Youkilis, scoring Longoria. Lopez then retires Perez on a bouncer to second, but it's out of control with the Sox running out of relievers. 11-1 Rays.

Bottom 6th: The Red Sox go out in order, Jed Lowrie, J.D. Drew, and Dustin Pedroia, and receive not a few boos along the way. Andy Sonnenstine has retired the last eleven in a row, and has two-hit Boston through six.

Finis: The Sox got one more in the seventh following a David Ortiz triple and Kevin Youkilis' scoring groundout, then both sides traded two run halves of the eighth, capping scoring at 13-4 Rays. Evan Longoria becomes the youngest player ever to hit five home runs in the postseason.

The Rays take a 3-1 lead in the series, and Boston will try to get a repeat of Game 1 with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound Thursday.

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