BOSTON (Ticker) --
grew up in awe of Fenway Park.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
is growing to love it.
Zambrano pitched seven eventful innings and Baldelli - a Warwick native - homered on "Rhode Island Night" at Fenway Park as the
silenced the powerful
Boston Red Sox
The league leader in walks and hit batters, Zambrano (11-9) allowed a double and two singles while striking out three. He retired the side in order in his first and last innings but walked five, hit two and stranded 10 runners in between.
"I still need to learn the movement of my ball," Zambrano said. "When I get to that point, to try to control the movement of the ball, I'm going to walk less guys."
"He gave us seven good, adventurous innings," Tampa Bay manager
said. "He had good stuff. He gave up what, three hits? He pitched himself out of a couple sticky situations. He gave us seven shutout innings and got himself his 11th win."
Zambrano snapped a personal three-game road losing streak and improved to 4-0 in his last five appearances at Fenway Park. The outing was more impressive, considering the
set the major league record for extra-base hits in a season on
's double off reliever
in the ninth.
"It's hard to shut out Boston in Boston. It's hard to shut them out anyway but especially in this ballpark," Piniella said.
"Today I was concentrating on they are going to hit my pitches," Zambrano said. "I was going to throw my pitches and make them hit my pitches. I tried to be down in the zone."
Carter gave up three hits but struck out two in two innings as Tampa Bay won for just the second time in nine games.
Baldelli connected off starter
in the third inning, clearing the screen in left field for his 11th home run. The rookie center fielder also singled and scored in the sixth to give the
a 5-0 cushion.
"I actually didn't know it was going to be 'Rhode Island Day' until yesterday," Baldelli said. "They just had me take some pictures and it was nice."
Tampa Bay collected 16 hits off seven pitchers. Suppan (2-3) lasted 5 1/3 innings and was reached for five runs - four earned - and 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The loss reduced Boston's lead to 1 1/2 games over Seattle for the American League wild card.
"I've always taken the approach, game-by-game," Suppan said. "We need to win all the games. So obviously, tonight it was a little frustrating to put the team in a hole like that."
Tampa Bay scored the only run Zambrano needed in the second. After reaching on an error by first baseman
moved up on a single by
and came home on a base hit by
Baldelli led off the third with a home run and Lugo plated a run with an infield hit to make it 3-0.
"It's like when you're little and you dream about hitting one in the closest ballpark to where you live," Baldelli said. "I saw a bunch of games here and then down at McCoy (Stadium in Pawtucket) growing up. Those are the places I always imagined myself hitting those home runs."
delivered a two-run single in the sixth and Rolls and Anderson added sacrifice flies in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Boston left the bases loaded in the second and fifth and stranded runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and sixth.
"We had a few (chances),"
manager Grady Little said. "We weren't able to get anything across. But the kid on the other side tonight, he threw a lot of pitches. He threw six pitches in the first inning, but then he threw a lot of pitches in every inning after that."