Red Sox win 5-3 in Tampa, interleague play begins, off to Philadelphia to go against Papelbon and Phillies

The Red Sox split the two game series against the Tampa Bay Rays after a 5-3 victory on Tropicana Field. Felix Doubront lead the Sox to victory as he went 5.2 innings, threw 97 pitches, allowed two runs (one earned), and struck out seven. Red Sox got to Tampa first by scoring the first run of the night on a bases loaded walk to Cody Ross. The Red Sox continued to add on the runs in the next two innings. Marlon Byrd slammed a solo shot to left field. In addition, Cody Ross had a solo homer in the top of the 3rd to make it 3-0 Red Sox.

Tampa Bay finally scored in the bottom of the 3rd off of a single by Keppinger to drive in Upton. They chipped away at the lead again in the bottom of the 4th by scoring off of another single from Thompson to bring in Sean Rodriguez. Everything was fine until the 6th inning, but there was no damage done and Doubront was replaced by Hill to get Luke Scott out. Then Bobby Valentine used Scott Atchinson, Miller, and Padilla to get the next three batters out. Ross made sure the Red Sox would win by hitting a ground ball single that scored both Pedroia and Ortiz to put the Sox up 5-2. B.J. Upton scored a run in the bottom of the 8th off of Aceves, but Aceves managed to retire the Rays’ batters and get his 8th save of the season after a 1-2-3 9th.

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The Red Sox now embarked on a three game interleague play series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They head to the city where Papelbon chose another team over the Red Sox. That team just happens to be the reigning five-time east division title leaders since 2007. The Red Sox will have two consecutive weeks of interleague play starting June 8th against the Washington Nationals. Tonight’s game against the last place NL East Phillies is a warm-up series for the two weeks of interleague play that begins in three weeks.

Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound tonight in the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pitching ace, Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28 ERA), will begin for the Phillies. Hamels hasn’t lost a game since his first start of the 2012 season; since then he’s been 5-0 with 1.93 ERA in 42 innings. Additionally, the Phillies have been undefeated in those games and Hamels has only he’s walked nine and struck out 40 in those 42 innings.

Tonight’s game begins at 7.05pm on NESN from Citizens Bank Park.

 

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