ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer Monday, helping the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4.
B.J. Upton hit a solo home run, and Carlos Pena and Jonny Gomes each had an RBI for the Rays, who have won six of their last seven games and have the best record in the majors.
James Shields (6-5) got the win after giving up two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
J.D. Drew hit a solo homer and Mike Lowell went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Red Sox, who scored twice in the ninth inning but left the potential tying run at third base.
Justin Masterson (4-2) got the loss after he gave up four runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in six innings.
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4
If only they would of kept the momentum going when it came down to the third base runner trying to get home for the tie. I have to hand it to the Rays because they have been performing at their best winning their last six of seven games. They put on a good show and were able to keep Boston back so that they can secure a win over them. Boston usually goes into a slump this time of year but I know that their drive for a second championship is deep within them and trust me when the time comes for it to be released there will be no one there to stop them.