Longoria connects, sets rookie mark
Third baseman smacks fifth postseason homer as Rays pound on
BOSTON -- For the second consecutive game, the Rays used the long ball to pound out an early five-run lead at Fenway Park, this time chasing starter Tim Wakefield in the third inning.
Longoria followed Carlos Pena's two-run shot over the Green Monster, staking Tampa Bay to a 3-0 advantage as the Rays hit consecutive homers for the first time this postseason. For Longoria, it was his third home run in three games and his fifth of the playoffs overall.
The previous mark for home runs in a single postseason by a rookie was four, set by Miguel Cabrera with the 2003 Marlins. Longoria homered in his first two postseason at-bats this year against the White Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Evan Longoria's playoff stats
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays have tied a Major League lead for home runs by a club in its first postseason appearance, sharing the record with the 1995 Mariners.
Longoria and B.J. Upton have combined to hit 10 home runs this postseason, extending their record for the most home runs by a pair of teammates under the age of 25. The previous high was six, set by Lenny Dykstra and Darryl Strawberry of the Mets in 1986.
Pitching for the first time since Sept. 28 against the Yankees, Wakefield's rust was notable and Justin Masterson was warming early in the Red Sox bullpen. Wakefield was also battered for six hits and six earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in a Sept. 17 start against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.