Boston Red Sox
are having trouble getting
out with runners on base. At least they have some company.
Longoria homered and drove in five runs to raise his major league-leading total to 44 RBIs, leading the
Tampa Bay Rays
to a 14-5 win over the
''I feel good,'' said Longoria, last year's AL Rookie of the Year. ''My swing is right where I want it to be and the guys
have been getting on a lot. That helps a lot. It seems like when I come to the plate somebody is in scoring position.''
certainly has noticed Longoria's success against his team.
''He's killed us a few times, more than a few times,'' he said.
each drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of 10. The Rays, who lost Friday night's series opener 7-3, also
have won six of nine against Boston this season.
Longoria's homer off
hit the top of the center-field wall and bounced over after
walked, making it 2-0 three batters into the game. It was his 11th of the season and fifth against the
''He's just locked in,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said of his young star. ''Every at-bat is a quality at-bat. He's not throwing
hit solo homers for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 16 games in Fenway Park this season. Three of those losses
have come against the Rays, once seemingly unable to win in Boston.
Tampa Bay can win its seventh straight series - including last fall's ALCS - against Boston on Sunday night when
is scheduled to face
in the finale. Garza is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in two starts against the
''We try to win every series. Every series is important,'' said Baldelli, who helped Tampa Bay win the pennant last year.
''That's what you try to do, if you can win every series, you're doing pretty well. I think we'll come out ready to play like
we always do.''
(4-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings for Tampa Bay, off to a sluggish 15-17 start. He had allowed at least
six runs in three of his previous four starts.
pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings for his first save.
Baldelli homered into the first row of the seats above the Green Monster to make it 2-1 in the second. It was his first in
Fenway Park since he hit one over the Monster in Game 3 of last year's ALCS against the
But the Rays chased Lester when they sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored six runs. Crawford had an RBI single,
Longoria lined a two-run double high off the left-field wall and Burrell singled in a pair. Iwamura's run-scoring fielder's
choice made it 8-1.
Lester (2-3) lost for just the second time in his last 19 regular-season home starts. His other loss also came against Kazmir
and the Rays in the second game of the season.
''First inning Longoria does a good job,'' Lester said. ''Frustrating, but he put a good swing on it. After that I threw the
ball pretty well. The fifth inning got out of hand a little bit.''
's RBI single and
's run-scoring double made it 8-3 in the fifth before the Rays batted around again in the sixth, scoring five more.
Notes: Longoria has RBIs in 11 of his last 13 games, collecting 26 total. ... Four of Tampa Bay's seven hits in the fifth
were singles thru the shortstop hole, prompting many fans to jeer SS
, who caught an inning-ending popup before getting a Bronx cheer. ... Francona said before the game that 1B
, who missed his fifth straight game with tightness in his left side, likely will not play Sunday night with an off day Monday
to add to his recovery time. ... Boston RF J.D. Drew was given the day off due to a tight quadriceps. ... Boston slugger
, waiting on-deck, had to dive out of the way of
's foul liner. ... Tampa Bay had been 0-21-4 in its previous 25 Fenway series before last September.