The Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, on Sunday in game three of the four game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox lead the series 3-0 and will go for the sweep on Monday at 11:05 a.m.
Boston jumped out a 3-0 lead in the second inning and extended it to 4-0 after four innings, but gave it away in the top of the sixth inning. The Red Sox would promptly retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth and add an insurance run in the 7th inning.
Cody Ross did the bulk of the damage for Boston with 3 RBI on his 2nd inning homer. David Ortiz went 3-4 at the plate and drove in the game-winning run with a double in the sixth inning. Kelly Stoppach and Mike Aviles also had an RBI for the Red Sox with a solo homer in the 7th. Carlos Pena had 2 RBI for the Rays.
Felix Doubront got the start for Boston and pitched 5 innings. He allowed nine hits, four runs and a walk while striking out seven batters. His counterpart Matt Moore went six innings for Tampa Bay. He allowed eight hits, six runs, while walking four and striking out five. Moore took the loss for the Rays. Vicente Padilla got the victory for the Red Sox after going 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed only one hit and struck out two batters. Alfredo Aceves got his second save of the season after coming on in the 9th to slam the door on Tampa Bay. Aceves struck out one and allowed no hits.