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Lester sparkles
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Red Sox 3, Rays 0
Jonathan Papelbon is pumped after striking out Gabe Gross to nail down the victory. (AP)
On a night that the Fenway faithful got to celebrate their record-breaking streak of 456 sellouts, Jon Lester dominated the Rays and got support from David Ortiz and Jason Bay, leading the Red Sox to just a half-game of first place in the AL East.
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Series at a glance:
  • Mon. 09/08: BOS 3, TB 0
  • Tue. 09/09: TB 5, BOS 4
  • Wed. 09/10: vs TB, 7:05 PM ET
TB
Tampa Bay (85-57)
Lost 4
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0   BOS
Boston (85-58)
Won 2
September 8, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 7 0
Boston
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   3 9 0
Standings thru 9/8/08  |  Recap: TB | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Red Sox stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .279
Upton, B, CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .274
  Zobrist, LF 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .222
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .245
Baldelli, DH 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 .300
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .253
Navarro, D, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .298
Bartlett, SS 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 .282
  a-Hinske, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Gross, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .239
Perez, F, LF-CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100
Totals 32 0 7 0 3 12 14  

a-Singled for Bartlett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Pena, C (20, Lester).
TB: Navarro, D; Bartlett 2; Hinske; Pena, C 2; Iwamura; Zobrist.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gross 2; Baldelli 3.
GIDP: Perez, F.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Upton, B (Youkilis at 2nd base), Gross (Kotsay at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Aybar, W-Iwamura-Pena, C, Navarro, D-Iwamura).
Pickoffs: Howell (Crisp at 1st base).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kotsay, RF 3 1 2 0 1 1 1 .290
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .328
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .270
Youkilis, 1B 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .315
Bay, LF 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 .290
Lowell, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .275
Lowrie, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .275
Varitek, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .227
Crisp, CF 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 .291
Totals 28 3 9 3 2 7 7  

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (24, Jackson, E).
HR: Bay (28, 1st inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ortiz, D 2; Youkilis; Crisp 3; Bay 5; Kotsay 2.
RBI: Ortiz, D (73), Youkilis (98), Bay (95).
2-out RBI: Bay.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kotsay; Pedroia.
GIDP: Lowell.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crisp (20, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D).
CS: Youkilis (5, 2nd base by Jackson, E/Navarro, D), Crisp (7, 2nd base by Howell/Navarro, D).
PO: Crisp (1st base by Howell).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lester-Youkilis, Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E (L, 11-10) 7.0 8 3 3 2 6 1 4.06
Howell 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.51
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (W, 14-5) 7.2 6 0 0 3 9 0 3.23
Papelbon (S, 36) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.62

Jackson, E pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Jackson, E 98-58, Howell 16-8, Lester 119-74, Papelbon 18-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Jackson, E 5-3, Howell 0-0, Lester 6-2, Papelbon 0-1.
Batters faced: Jackson, E 27, Howell 3, Lester 30, Papelbon 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Howell 1-0, Papelbon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:38.
Att: 37,662.
Venue: Fenway Park.
September 8, 2008
September 8, 2008

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