Red Sox-Rays: Boston Demolishes Tampa, Claims Share of Top Spot in East

Ryan KContributor ISeptember 15, 2008

The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 13-5, to move into a tie atop the AL East Monday night. The Red Sox Started out strong, scoring four runs in the first inning off Tampa Bay ace Scott Kazmir, then went onto score seven runs in the fourth.

Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his 17th win of the season despite only going five innings. The Red Sox now share first place with the Rays, who have been on top in the East since the day after the All-Star break.

The Red Sox will be looking for more wins against Tampa Bay as they play more games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it will be ace Josh Beckett coming off a great start in a rematch against Andy Sonnanstine, and on Thursday Tim Wakefield, who is coming off his best start of the season against the Blue Jays, will match up against righty Matt Garza.

Monday night's game was Boston's first win in Tampa Bay this season. This series is the last of the regular season between the two teams.

After this series, the Red Sox go up to Toronto for three games before going home for their final homestand, when they face the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

The Rays play the Twins for three games before going on a road trip to end the regular season in Baltimore, then Detroit.