"We were aggressive," Tampa Bay manager
said. "We hit the ball, we moved the ball around the field, we used our speed to go from first to third, we stole some bases and hit some balls out of the ballpark. That's really what's been missing out of our offense."
Rolls hit a grand slam in a seven-run fifth inning after Perez put Tampa Bay ahead for good, 4-2, with a two-run shot in the second. The two combined to go 6-for-11 with four runs scored.
"This team could use offense like we got today," Perez said. "Hopefully, the bats can continue to swing like they were today. I'm just happy because there are a lot of other rookies on this team and I'm just trying to play better and help them out."
Each player in the
' lineup scored at least one run and, with the exception of
, had at least two hits.
Tampa Bay set a team record Sunday with 15 runs against Texas.
"Their young guys seem to be doing the job,"
said. "We seemed to be a little too aggressive at the plate in the early parts of the ballgame. By the time we tried to wait their pitchers out, we dug ourselves in too deep of a hole."
(3-4) was unable to protect an early lead, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
In the fifth, Crawford doubled with one out and scored on a single by Perez to make it 5-2.
singled to put runners at the corners and chase Mendoza for
, who gave up an RBI single to
and walked Lee to load the bases.
Rolls followed with his first career grand slam to make it 10-2.
"I wasn't really looking for anything special," Rolls said. "He walked
pretty quick, so I didn't want to go up there and take if he wasn't going to be around the zone. I thought it was going to be a fastball, so he tricked me a little bit. But I was able to get in front of it enough that I was able to drive it out."
followed with a double and later scored on a single by Lugo.
"We couldn't stop the bleeding there in the fifth inning and that was the difference in the ballgame,"
manager Grady Little said. "We've been fortunate this year that it hasn't happened to us that often, but it was one of those days that it did happen and we got through it the best we could."
hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, Nomar Garciapara added a two-run homer in the sixth and
had a three-run blast in the seventh that got Boston within 10-8.
"We have the type of team where we never believe we are down and out," Walker said. "We came out after being down 11-2 or whatever it was and fought back. That's the type of team we have here."
(7-5) allowed eight runs and seven hits, including four homers, in 6 2/3 innings. But he won for the fifth time in his last six decisions.
"He got a little careless with the lead, but at the same time, he milked it pretty good," Piniella said. "I'm glad to see we added the tack-on runs in the ninth inning."
Tampa Bay padded its lead with a run in the eighth and three in the ninth.
The loss ended Boston's five-game winning streak heading into a weekend showdown with the first-place
New York Yankees