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Evan Longoria rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning.
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
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The Rays will have to wait until at least Thursday for another chance at getting into first place.
Boston hitters scored three times off reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth inning, turning a close 3-2 game into a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday.
Tampa Bay trailed by a run with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Mike Napoli greeted Farnsworth with a double. Jonny Gomes then singled him to third base, and Stephen Drew's single plated the Boston first baseman for a 4-2 game.
Drew then stole second base, and when Jose Iglesias' chopper went off the glove of Evan Longoria and both runners scored to give the Red Sox a four-run lead.
Tampa Bay initially took the lead in the top of the second, when Wil Myers blasted a solo home run to left off Red Sox starter Jon Lester. However, Roberto Hernandez allowed a run in the bottom of the inning on three consecutive singles by David Ortiz, Napoli, though Ortiz was thrown out at third base on the play, and Mike Carp.
Boston took the lead in the third, as Shane Victorino doubled to start the frame, moved to third on a flyout by Daniel Nava, and after Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch, scored as part of a double steal.
Pedroia added a sacrifice fly off Hernandez (5-11) in the fifth.
Evan Longoria blasted a solo homer off Lester (9-6) to get Tampa Bay back to within a single run at 3-2, but the Rays could get no closer.
The loss snaps Tampa Bay's six game win streak, and drops them back to 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
David Price (4-5, 4.03 ERA) will look to start a new streak Wednesday, taking on Felix Doubront (7-3, 3.76 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.