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Rays falter at finish
Red Sox 8, Rays 7
The Rays couldn't hold off the Red Sox, despite a seven-run advantage. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)
After cruising to a seven-run lead and setting an ALCS record with 13 homers, the wheels came off the Rays' wagon late as they fell short of securing their first World Series berth. B.J. Upton's four RBIs couldn't mask Tampa Bay's sting of defeat.
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Rays win series, 4-3
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 BOS 2 @ TB 0 Fri Oct. 10    
Gm 2 BOS 8 @ TB 9 Sat Oct. 11    
Gm 3 TB 9 @ BOS 1 Mon Oct. 13    
Gm 4 TB 13 @ BOS 4 Tue Oct. 14    
Gm 5 TB 7 @ BOS 8 Thu Oct. 16    
Gm 6 BOS 4 @ TB 2 Sat Oct. 18    
Gm 7 BOS 1 @ TB 3 Sun Oct. 19    
TB
Tampa Bay
BOS
Boston
October 16, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0   7 8 1
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1   8 11 0
Recap: TB | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Red Sox stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 3 2 1 0 2 0 1 .238
Upton, B, CF 4 2 3 4 1 1 1 .400
Pena, C, 1B 4 1 2 2 1 1 2 .368
Longoria, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 .286
Crawford, C, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .409
Floyd, C, DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
  a-Aybar, W, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .429
Navarro, D, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .150
Gross, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000
Bartlett, SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .211
Totals 33 7 8 7 6 6 12  

a-Popped out for Floyd, C in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Upton, B (1, Papelbon).
HR: Upton, B (3, 1st inning off Matsuzaka, 1 on, 0 out), Pena, C (3, 3rd inning off Matsuzaka, 1 on, 1 out), Longoria (4, 3rd inning off Matsuzaka, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bartlett; Longoria 4; Upton, B 7; Pena, C 5; Iwamura.
RBI: Upton, B 4 (10), Pena, C 2 (6), Longoria (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett; Crawford, C 2.
GIDP: Longoria, Pena, C.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gross (1, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Iwamura 2 (2, 3rd base off Okajima/Varitek, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek), Bartlett (1, 3rd base off Papelbon/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Longoria (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Gross (Crisp at 2nd base).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 4 1 2 1 1 1 2 .417
Pedroia, 2B 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 .400
Ortiz, D, DH 5 1 1 3 0 2 1 .105
Youkilis, 3B 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 .409
Bay, LF 3 1 0 0 2 2 3 .333
Drew, J, RF 4 1 2 3 1 0 0 .235
Lowrie, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .143
Varitek, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  a-Casey, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Cash, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Kotsay, 1B 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .286
Totals 36 8 11 8 5 9 12  

a-Struck out for Varitek in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Lowrie (1, Balfour), Kotsay (3, Wheeler, D).
HR: Ortiz, D (1, 7th inning off Balfour, 2 on, 2 out), Drew, J (1, 8th inning off Wheeler, D, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Ortiz, D 4; Lowrie 2; Crisp 2; Pedroia; Drew, J 5; Youkilis 2; Kotsay 3.
RBI: Pedroia (4), Ortiz, D 3 (3), Drew, J 3 (3), Crisp (1).
2-out RBI: Pedroia; Ortiz, D 3; Crisp; Drew, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay; Crisp; Kotsay.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lowrie-Pedroia-Kotsay, Pedroia-Lowrie-Kotsay).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir 6.0 2 0 0 3 7 0 4.35
Balfour 0.2 4 4 4 0 0 1 22.50
Wheeler, D (BS, 2) 1.1 3 3 3 1 1 1 5.79
Howell (L, 0-1) 0.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 4.50
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matsuzaka 4.0 5 5 5 2 2 3 4.09
Okajima 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Delcarmen 0.0 0 2 2 2 0 0 31.50
Papelbon 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Masterson (W, 1-0) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.93

Matsuzaka pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.
Delcarmen pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Kazmir.
IBB: Pena, C (by Papelbon), Bay (by Howell).
HBP: Varitek (by Kazmir).
Pitches-strikes: Kazmir 111-62, Balfour 25-15, Wheeler, D 33-19, Howell 25-14, Matsuzaka 82-53, Okajima 28-17, Delcarmen 17-9, Papelbon 38-23, Masterson 15-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kazmir 7-4, Balfour 0-2, Wheeler, D 0-2, Howell 1-0, Matsuzaka 3-4, Okajima 2-1, Delcarmen 0-0, Papelbon 2-1, Masterson 1-1.
Batters faced: Kazmir 24, Balfour 6, Wheeler, D 7, Howell 5, Matsuzaka 19, Okajima 7, Delcarmen 2, Papelbon 7, Masterson 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Okajima 1-0, Papelbon 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Alfonso Marquez. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Sam Holbrook. LF: Brian O'Nora. RF: Brian Gorman.
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, L to R.
T: 4:08.
Att: 38,437.
Venue: Fenway Park.
October 16, 2008
October 16, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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