Red Sox Fall Further Off The Pace In Loss To Rays

Pena, Crawford homer to power Rays past Red Sox

By FRED GOODALL

AP Baseball Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford

homered to back James Shields and help Tampa Bay retain a share of

first place in the AL East with a 5-3 victory over Boston on Sunday

night.

Keeping pace with the New York Yankees, the Rays rebounded from

losing the opener of a crucial weekend series to win two straight

and drop the third-place Red Sox 6½ games behind in the division

and wild card.

Shields (13-11) won for the sixth time in eight starts, allowing

three runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings. He walked one and

struck out eight before turning over a one-run lead to a

better-than-expected bullpen that's one of the reasons Tampa Bay

has been able to keep up with the Yankees for the best record in

baseball.

 

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