D-Rays nibble on Sox


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Casey Fossum took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning and Ty Wigginton supported him with a two-run double, helping the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Friday night.

Fossum (1-1) limited the Red Sox to two singles and a triple that rightfielder Jonny Gomes lost in the lights, but he also walked five and hit two batters before a leadoff walk in the seventh ended his night.

Reliever Chad Orvella replaced Fossum and walked two to load the bases before getting Jason Varitek to pop out to end the inning. The Devil Rays lost the shutout bid in the eighth when Shawn Camp gave up an RBI double to Trot Nixon and a run-scoring single to pinch-hitter J.T. Snow.

Tyler Walker, whom the Devil Rays acquired from the San Francisco Giants earlier Friday, came on in the ninth with two runners on and got a double-play grounder and a strikeout for the save.

Boston has been outscored 27-6 in losing three straight. The Red Sox were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position before Nixon’s double, with Wily Mo Pena making the final out in those situations three times.

Wigginton delivered his two-run double off Matt Clement (2-2) in the first inning. Carl Crawford, Joey Gathright and Travis Lee also drove in runs off the Boston starter, who allowed five runs, five hits and six walks in six innings.

Fossum rebounded from giving up eight runs and 10 hits in four innings of an 8-3 loss to Texas last Sunday to pitch well against Boston for the second time this season.

The left-hander worked out of jams with runners in scoring position in the first, second and fourth innings, with the Red Sox going 0-for-7 seven with runners in scoring position up to that point.

Fossum gave up a leadoff triple to Varitek in the second when Gomes lost a routine fly ball in the lights, but escaped when Mike Lowell popped out to first, Nixon grounded to third and Pena struck out.

Pena also grounded into a force play to end the fourth after Fossum hit David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez with pitches and walked Nixon to load the bases with two outs. Trailing 5-0, the Red Sox stranded runners at second and third in the sixth when Pena grounded to short.

Notes: The Devil Rays acquired Walker for right-hander Carlos Hines. … Varitek has nine career triples in 984 games. He now has one in each of the past seven seasons. … Wigginton’s 24 RBIs ties the Devil Rays’ franchise record for April. Fred McGriff also drove in 24 in April 1998. … Fossum has hit 33 batters with pitches since 2004, five this year.

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