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Bay blast ignites Red Sox 5-run sixth turns tide

Bay blast ignites Red Sox 5-run sixth turns tide

BOSTON - Are the Boston Red Sox glad they don't have Manny Ramirez? Are they glad they do have Jason Bay?

Oh, yes. Oh, yes.

While the rest of the Baseball world buzzes about Ramirez and his 50-game suspension for a failed drug test, Bay goes about the business of filling Manny's old cleanup spot in the Red Sox batting order.

He cleaned up again Friday night, jacking a three-run homer which woke up the Red Sox and pointed them to a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

A Fenway Park sellout crowd 37,745 saw the Sox win this one in the sixth inning. After Bay's homer, Mike Lowell doubled and J.D. Drew followed with the game-turner, a rifle-shot homer to right field.

Bay's blast, on an 0-2 count, well into the Monster seats marked his ninth homer this season, putting his team-leading RBI total at 32. Four of his homers have come over his last five games, good for 12 RBIs.

He's obviously settling in to the Fenway scene after coming here from Pittsburgh last July 31 in a blockbuster, three-way deadline deal which sent Ramirez to the LA Dodgers.

The Bay-Drew fireworks came against James Shields (3-3), who had the Sox baffled with a four-hit shutout over five innings.

"James was going well, then Pedroia hits a ball off his glove. It could have been an easy play, but he didn't make it," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Then he walks Ortiz and that was big. And then 0-2 on the next hitter and a home run shows up. It just happened very fast, but that's how they are. They can score very quickly."

Of his homer spree, Bay said he isn't doing anything different, just getting good results.

"It just seems like when you're going good, you see the pitches and you're not missing them. When you're not going good, you might foul them off," he said.

Veteran Brad Penny (3-1) became the beneficiary of this Red Sox rally. It was a revenge victory after a 5-3 loss last Sunday in Tampa Bay, when the Rays ran wild against him and catcher Jason Varitek.

"Anytime you can keep the game close with this team, you've got a chance to win," Penny said.

He had a tough first inning - 31 pitches - but after that threw no more than 16 in an inning while carrying the Sox into the seventh.

He had put his team behind 3-0 by giving up single runs in the first, second and fourth, but after getting the lead, he pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, then gave way to Hideki Okajima. The lefty bailed him out after he put two runners on with one out.

The Sox tacked on two runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Jacoby Ellsbury, followed by an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia, his fourth hit of the night.

Ramon Ramirez and Jonathan Papelbon (eighth save) put the Rays away as the Sox beat them for only the third time this season.


Before the game, Francona said the best way to deal with Tampa Bay speedster Carl Crawford is to "keep him from getting on base." He was right. Crawford got on twice and scored in his first two at-bats. He also had his league-leading 21st stolen base.

Red Sox 7

Rays 3

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