Youk Injured As Sox Fall Again At Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jeff Niemann pitched six strong

innings and Tampa Bay's bullpen shut down Boston for the second day

in a row, leading the surging Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Red

Sox on Tuesday night.

Niemann (7-2) limited the Red Sox to four hits and an unearned

run. He walked three and struck out five to win for the first time

since a complete game shutout against Toronto on June 8. After

winning his first six decisions of the season, the 6-foot-9

right-hander went 0-2 over four starts.

Jason Bartlett drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a

third-inning single off Felix Doubront (1-1), a 22-year-old

left-hander filling in for injured All-Star pitcher Clay Buchholz.

Sean Rodriguez tripled and scored on John Jaso's RBI grounder,

giving the Rays a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Carl Crawford's solo homer off Hideki Okajima added an insurance

run in the eighth.  The Rays internationally walked Big Papi three times to

get to Niuman Romero who was in the game because of an injury to Kevin Youkilis

in the 4th.  Youk says he felt a pain in his right ankle which locked up on him.

He expects to be ready to play Wednesday night in the series finale. 

Eric Patterson his an RBI triple with two out in the 9th.  Big Pape then drew an

intentional walk before Romero grounded out to end the game.


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