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Rays Rip Bo-Sox 9-1 Lead ALCS 2-1

After getting a masterful performance from Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka in game one of the ALCS, the Red Sox have not gotten the same results from their next two starting pitchers. Saturday Bo-Sox starter Josh Beckett got roughed up for 8 runs, and did not make it out of the fifth inning.

Monday the series switched to the friendly confines of Fenway Park, friendly it turns out for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays scored 5 runs off of Boston starter Jon Lester, and an additional 4 off reliever Paul Byrd. Meanwhile Rays starter Matt Garza sailed through six innings scattering six hits and giving up just one run. The Tampa Bay bullpen shut Boston down the rest of the way, and the Rays ended up with a 9-1 victory. They now lead the ALCS 2-1.

The Rays broke through in the second as catcher Dioner Navarro grounded out to second and Evan Longoria scored on the play putting Tampa Bay ahead 1-0. The Rays used the long ball to break the game open in the third as B.J. Upton hit a three run shot to left. Longoria hit a solo round tripper and at the end of the inning, it was a 5-0 game.

Boston finally got on the board when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly driving in Jason Varitek making it a 5-1 game. But the Rays were not done yet, as Rocco Baldelli hit a three run homer in the eighth, and Carlos Pena hit a solo blast in the ninth for the final score.

The series resumes Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Andy Sonnanstine gets the start for the Rays, veteran Tim Wakefield will be on the mound for the Red Sox.

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