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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2 in a game that saw clutch two-out hitting from a handful of Rays.

In the first, a bomb from Desmond Jennings and a sac fly from James Loney, which drove in Ben Zobrist, put the Rays up 2-0. In the second, David Ortiz doubled and was driven in by Jonny Gomes, which put the BoSox on the board, making the score 2-1.

In the fourth, Jarod Saltalamacchia doubled and was driven in by Gomes—his second RBI of the game—as the Sox tied the game at two, which was the end of Boston's offense for the night. In the top of the fifth, however, the Rays responded and regained the lead as Jose Molina got on to lead off the inning and was eventually driven in by Ben Zobrist.

The Rays extended their lead in the seventh as they beat up on Boston relief pitching. Jennings continued his hot hitting and got on base for his third time tonight, Longoria, Loney and phenom Wil Myers all hit for extra bases and the inning ended with Tampa Bay putting three more runs up on the board.

Hellickson pitched six strong innings, scattering seven hits and surrendering two runs, and got the W. Dempster didn't have much command tonight and earned the loss despite the Boston bullpen blowing it in a big way. 

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