BOSTON(AP) Here comes the sixth inning. Here come the
And there go the balls - singles to the infield, doubles down the line, homers over the fences.
One night after scoring an AL-record 12 runs before making an out in that inning, Boston sent five across with no outs in
the sixth and beat the
Tampa Bay Rays
7-3 Friday night.
''I think the sixth inning's our lucky charm,'' said
, who delivered a key double in the latest rally.
hit his second sixth-inning, three-run homer in two nights to tie the game 3-3. Then Lowell doubled and J.D. Drew drove the
ball over the low right-field wall in front of the bullpens off
''You kind of sense those guys getting hits, hitting the ball hard,'' Drew said. ''Maybe he is leaving the ball up out over
the plate a little bit more and you want to take advantage of that.''
Bay has nine homers and 33 RBIs, second most in the AL, but would just as soon avoid the dramatics.
''It would be nice to kind of jump out early one time and kind of coast to one,'' he said. ''It seems like we always make
it interesting in the middle there.''
(3-1) pitched well enough to give the
a chance to come back. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings after taking a loss against Shields five days
Shields also pitched well - five hits in five scoreless innings. But then he had to pitch the sixth and the momentum shifted
''Within a matter of something, 10 pitches almost,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''It was very fast.''
led off with an infield hit, one of his four singles, and
walked before Bay's tying homer.
A moment after Bay made contact, an upset Shields swiped the mound dirt with a quick underhanded motion.
''The home runs didn't matter to me as much as that walk,'' Shields said. ''If I bear down in those situations, we've got
the win, no problem.''
But Bay slammed a fastball that Shields left over the plate.
''You don't get a lot of good pitchers per at bat,'' Bay said, ''and when you're not going well it seems like you're fouling
those pitches off.''
He also connected on Thursday when the
13-3 and tied the modern major-league record for most runs in an inning before an out.
On Friday, Boston improved to 17-5 in its last 22 games, while Tampa Bay's season-long winning streak ended at three.
Penny left with runners at first and second with one out in the seventh.
on a fly out and struck out
Crawford had his second straight outstanding game against Penny and the Sox. Five days earlier in a 5-3 win over Boston, he
tied a modern major-league record with six stolen bases and went 4-for-4, including 2-for-2 with a walk against Penny.
On Friday, Crawford singled, stole second and scored on
's single in the first, then tripled and made it 2-0 on a sacrifice fly by Longoria in the third. He hit a ground-rule double
in the fifth but was stranded.
Just before Crawford came to bat in the seventh, Boston manager
lifted the right-handed Penny for the lefty-lefty matchup that Okajima won.
''I thought it was very key for Oki to get
out because it seems like we haven't gotten him out in a week,'' Lowell said.
The Rays had taken a 3-0 lead in the fourth when
, who had singled.
added two runs in the ninth on a single by Lugo, a double by
and a single by Pedroia.
Notes: Shields is 1-2 against Boston this year. ... Of Crawford's major-league best 21 steals, 10 have been against Boston.
... Longoria's 11-game hitting streak ended. ... DH Ortiz and CF Ellsbury returned to Boston's lineup. Ortiz missed one game
with a stiff neck and Ellsbury missed two with a tight right hamstring. 1B
sat out his fourth straight with tightness in his left side. ... Tampa Bay CF B.J. Upton was back in the lineup after a stomach
virus kept him out of Thursday night's game at the
New York Yankees