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Sixth sense still works 2009-05-09


Sixth sense still works 2009-05-09
RED SOX 7, Rays 3

There's just something about the sixth inning.

One night after exploding for 12 straight runs to open that frame against the Indians, the Sox blitzed the Rays with five straight runs in the sixth en route to a 7-3 victory last night.

The big blows came off the bats of Jason Bay and J.D. Drew. The former blasted a game-tying three-run shot to left to break up James Shields' shutout, and the latter gave the Red Sox the lead with a towering two-run bomb into the bullpen in right.

It was up to the bullpen from there, and three relievers combined to shut down the Rays and make a winner of Brad Penny, who scattered eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Until that sixth inning, it wasn't looking like a recipe for a rousing victory, not with their recent tormentors in town. The Rays carried a 3-0 lead into the sixth.

The Rays struck right out of the chutes. Carl Crawford singled with one out off Penny and one pitch later was off, stealing second.Crawford came around two batters later on Pat Burrell's two-out single.

The Rays added to their lead in the third. Crawford led off with a triple to left on a medium pop up the line that landed just beyond the reach of a sliding Jason Bay at the foul line. He scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly.

The Rays made it 3-0 in the fourth when Gabe Gross singled, took second on a groundout and scored on Jason Bartlett's double.

But Bay's three-run shot continued an astounding run of clutch hits - all nine of his homers have come in the sixth inning or later - and tied things off Shields, who had given six hits to that point.

Mike Lowell followed Bay's blast with a hustling double to left and scored ahead of Drew's high-arcing bomb into the bullpen to give the Sox their first lead of the night.

Penny left with one out in the sixth after one of his best outings of the season. Other than Crawford, who singled, doubled and tripled, Penny largely held the Rays at bay. The outing was very similar to the six-inning, three-run outing he authored in his last start against the Rays, a loss on Sunday. This time, though, he left with the lead.

The Sox added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. With two outs, Julio Lugo singled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's double. With the fans reviving the chant of ``MVP!'' Dustin Pedroia singled home Ellsbury to seal it.

All that was left was for Jonathan Papelbon to enter to the strains of ``Shipping Up to Boston,'' and close things out.

- jtomase@bostonherald.com


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 9, 2009

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