ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox improved to 4-1 on their road trip, claiming a 7-5 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. The game took four hours and nine minutes to complete.
Tampa Bay, which came into the game five games out in the wild card chase, has lost seven of its last eight games.
The Sox fought back from an early 3-0 deficit, which was put up by the Rays thanks to three walks and one hit in their three-run third inning. It would be the only time Tampa Bay would score against Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, who finished his six-inning stint by allowing just one hit while striking out five, walking five and throwing 101 pitches (56 strikes).
The Red Sox started their comeback with a run in the fourth inning -- coming on James Loney's RBI single. They added two more in the fifth via Jacoby Ellsbury's run-scoring hit and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dustin Pedroia.
The visitors took the lead for good in the sixth inning thanks to a throwing error from third baseman Sean Rodriguez, allowing Pedro Ciriaco to score. On the same play, Scott Podsednik was thrown out at home after the errant throw hit Sox first base coach Alex Ochoa in the leg, preventing the ball from reaching the stands.
The Red Sox managed to pull away with three more runs in the seventh inning, coming on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI single and a Ryan Lavarnway two-run double in the right-center field gap.
Lavarnway and Ross were the only Red Sox to claim multiple-hit games.
Pitching in relief of Doubront were Clayton Mortensen, Junichi Tazawa, Vicente Padilla, Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey, who picked up his fifth save.
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