Brad Penny let up five runs including three homers over six innings, resulting in another Tampa Bay Rays victory over the Boston Red Sox last night at Tropicana field. Despite the Sox matching their number of hits at 7, Tampa Bay’s home run derby led them to take this one 6-4. Jason Bartlett was the last to knock one out in the 7th off Delcarmen to seal the deal for the Rays. Similar to the game two nights ago, Boston hit two long balls themselves in the 2nd and 6th innings from Jason Bay and Victor Martinez (first HR in a Boston uniform).
For the past two years the Red Sox have won two out of 15 games while away at Tropicana field. Head coach Terry Francona says it’s really the Rays they need to be worried about, not the stadium. “I don’t know that we evaluate ballparks,” said Francona. “They’re a good team. I don’t think it’s this place. I think it’s who we’re playing. They’re good. They’ve played us very tough.” The Red Sox will need to get themselves together before heading to New York to face the Yankees for four games this upcoming weekend. New York now leads the AL East standings by 2 1/2 games. A few wins for the Sox would be huge as they head into the most crucial months of the regular season.
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