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Rally clinches playoff ticket
Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6
J.D. Drew celebrates his two-run homer with Mike Lowell. (Steve Nesius/AP)
 Sox clinch
 Varitek goes deep
 Lugo's two-run shot
The Red Sox became the first team in the Majors to clinch a playoff spot thanks to a three-run ninth-inning rally. Jason Varitek tied things up with a solo homer, and then Julio Lugo launched a two-run tater to cap the comeback.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (92-63)
Won 2
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 6   TB
Tampa Bay (63-92)
Lost 5
September 22, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 3   8 13 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 0   6 7 0
Standings thru 9/22/07  |  Recap: BOS|TB  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellsbury, LF5021000.374
Pedroia, 2B5000002.315
Ortiz, DH4010111.321
  1-Clayton, PR-DH0000000.253
Lowell, 3B4220112.327
Drew, RF4223001.263
Varitek, C3132100.257
Hinske, 1B4110014.211
Crisp, CF4110002.268
Lugo, SS3112000.239
Totals3681383312 


1-Ran for Ortiz in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz (48, Sonnanstine), Drew (28, Sonnanstine), Hinske (12, Reyes), Ellsbury (6, Reyes).
HR: Drew (10, 6th inning off Sonnanstine, 1 on, 1 out), Varitek (15, 9th inning off Reyes, 0 on, 0 out), Lugo (8, 9th inning off Reyes, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Ellsbury 3; Ortiz 2; Lowell 2; Drew 6; Varitek 6; Hinske 2; Crisp; Lugo 4.
RBI: Ellsbury (15), Drew 3 (56), Varitek 2 (66), Lugo 2 (73).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lowell.
S: Lugo.
GIDP: Hinske.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Varitek (2, 2nd base by Sonnanstine/Navarro), Ortiz (1, 3rd base by Sonnanstine/Navarro).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 3B4110110.282
Velandia, 2B4100121.455
Pena, 1B3224111.278
Upton, CF4100012.303
Young, RF4110011.291
Norton, DH4032010.238
Gomes, LF3000113.245
Navarro, C4000023.226
Wilson, SS3000000.242
  a-Casanova, PH1000000.231
Totals3467641011 

a-Grounded out for Wilson in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Pena 2 (42, 4th inning off Matsuzaka, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Lopez, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Iwamura; Pena 8; Young; Norton 3.
RBI: Pena 4 (116), Norton 2 (22).
2-out RBI: Norton; Pena 3.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Upton (20, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Young (9, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Navarro-Wilson, Iwamura-Pena).

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matsuzaka 6.26553714.48
Lopez (BS, 2)0.01110013.20
Timlin 0.10000103.63
Gagne (W, 4-2)1.00001204.01
Papelbon (S, 36)1.00000001.93
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonnanstine 5.18552115.80
Switzer 1.11000008.04
Dohmann 0.10000003.38
Wheeler (H, 17)1.00000205.35
Reyes (BS, 4)(L, 2-4)1.04331025.15

Lopez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Matsuzaka, Sonnanstine.
IBB: Ortiz (by Reyes).
Pitches-strikes: Matsuzaka 115-73, Lopez 8-5, Timlin 4-3, Gagne 21-12, Papelbon 12-8, Sonnanstine 101-57, Switzer 16-11, Dohmann 2-1, Wheeler 10-8, Reyes 25-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Matsuzaka 3-10, Lopez 0-0, Timlin 0-0, Gagne 0-1, Papelbon 1-2, Sonnanstine 6-7, Switzer 2-2, Dohmann 0-1, Wheeler 0-1, Reyes 0-3.
Batters faced: Matsuzaka 29, Lopez 1, Timlin 1, Gagne 4, Papelbon 3, Sonnanstine 23, Switzer 5, Dohmann 1, Wheeler 3, Reyes 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Lopez 2-2.
Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Laz Diaz. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:32.
Att: 34,626.

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