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Joyce’s RBI Single In 10th Lifts Rays Past Red Sox

MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 1:  Matt Joyce #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI single in front of catcher Christian Vazquez #55 of the Boston Red Sox to score Sean Rodriguez to end the 10th inning of a game on September 1, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Matt Joyce #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI single in front of catcher Christian Vazquez #55 of the Boston Red Sox to score Sean Rodriguez to end the 10th inning of a game on September 1, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday.

Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored on Joyce’s hit to left.

Grant Balfour (2-6) worked a scoreless inning for the win. He did give up a one-out single in the 10th to Christian Vazquez, but then picked off pinch-runner Jemile Weeks at first base.

After Mike Napoli hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, Yoenis Cespedes got the Red Sox even at 3-3 with an RBI single off Steve Geltz in the eighth.

Myers had an RBI double and Evan Longoria drove in two with a single off Rubby De La Rosa as the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the third.

Myers, who entered hitting .143 (6 for 42 with 16 strikeouts) since returning from a broken right wrist, finished with three hits in four at-bats. Longoria has 34 RBIs in 41 games since the All-Star break.

De La Rosa allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings.

Drew Smyly, who on Wednesday at Baltimore became just the second Tampa Bay pitcher to have consecutive starts of seven or more innings and two hits or less, gave up two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Mookie Betts put the Red Sox up 1-0 with a run-scoring double in the third. The rookie had six RBIs, including a grand slam Friday night, in the four-game series.

The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was just 10,543.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (concussion-like symptoms) missed his second consecutive game. He could also sit out a three-game series with the New York Yankees that starts Tuesday night.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (sore left knee) was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game but was available off the bench. … OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 64 games.

ON DECK

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (0-1) is scheduled to face Yankees RHP Shane Greene (4-1) Tuesday night.

Rays: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-12) are the scheduled starter in the start of a three-game series Tuesday night.

 

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