Not So Bizarro Anymore
We've come to expect nothing but the best from the Tampa Bay Rays this season.
During Monday's 9-1 victory, righty Matt Garza held the Boston Red Sox scoreless through six innings, walking three and fanning five, to help put the defending champs in their first postseason deficit since returning from a 3-1 hole in last year's ALCS against the Cleveland Indians.
B.J. Upton, whose extra-inning sac fly won Game 2, hit a three-run bomb in the third while Evan Longoria also went deep off the battered Jon Lester. The cancer-surviving lefty, who pitched a no-hitter at Fenway in May and went 11-1 at home this year, surrendered five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings Monday, walking two and striking out seven.
Enjoying his first postseason as a life-long Ray, Rocco Baldelli nailed a three-run shot in the eighth off Paul Byrd before Carlos Peña cleared the Green Monster later off the right-hander.
Believe in the magical sting ray yet? The four longballs in that game tied the ALCS homer record, which was last matched by -- who else -- Boston in Game 2 last Saturday.
Andy Sonnanstine will look to put thew Rays upfor the Game 4 victory when he takes the hill to face knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield Tuesday night.
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