This Series may not go much father either if the BoSox can put it away on the road at Tropicana Field, the last domed stadium in the Majors.
Friday the Sox fell behind the Rays in the 2nd on a solo shot and went 2 down in the 4th after another. The Sox came roaring back in the Bottom of the inning on a Single, a Double, a 1 Out 2 RBI Double, a 2 Out RBI Single, a 2 Out RBI Double, a Passed Ball that should have ended the inning, and another RBI Single. Not that it mattered much, the Sox put the nail in the coffin in the 5th with a 1 Out Double, an intentional Walk, a 2 RBI Double, another intentional Walk, and a 2 Out RBI Single. Amazingly the Rays left Moore in there until the 8th when the BoSox added 4 more meaningless runs on a Single, a Steal, an RBI Single, another Single, a Walk, Walked in a Run, an RBI Double Play, and an RBI Single. Red Sox 12 – 2, lead Series 1 – 0.
Saturday Boston was pretty much just as dominant. They scored 2 in the 1st on a Single, a Steal and an error, a 1 Out RBI Sacrifice, and a solo shot. They never lost that lead. In the 2nd the Rays got 1 back with a Walk, a Single, and an RBI Sacrifice. In the Sox 3rd there was a Leadoff Double, an RBI Double, a Single, a RBI Sacrifice, and an inning ending Double Play. In the 4th they added another on a leadoff Walk, an error, and an RBI Triple. The Rays pulled within 2 in the 5th with a Double, a HBP, and a 2 RBI Double. The Sox answered in the Bottom of the 5th with a Single and an RBI Double. The Rays scored their last in the 6th on a Single, a Sacrifice, and an RBI Single. The BoSox padded their score with a Run in the 8th with a solo shot. BoSox 7 – 4, 2 – 0 for the Series.
The Sox will be sending Clay Buchholz (12 – 1, 1.74 ERA R) against Alex Cobb (11 – 3, 2.76 ERA R) who is playing against his home town team. The game is at 6 pm ET on TBS.