Sox Lose 9-4 To The Rays

By HOWARD ULMAN

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – Matt Garza allowed six hits in seven innings and

the struggling Tampa Bay Rays pulled away with six runs in the

eighth inning to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday night, ending the Red

Sox's seven-game home winning streak.

Garza (9-5) was sharp in his first road game since June 18 when

he gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Florida,

the worst start of his career. He threw 49 pitches in the first

inning of that game but just 34 in the first three innings against

Boston.

He left with a 9-1 lead before Boston scored three runs in the

eighth

The Rays won for only the sixth time in 18 games and moved two

games behind the AL East leading New York Yankees, who lost 7-0 to

Seattle. Boston remained in second place, one game back.