Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sox 'Seize The Ray'; Mike Carp Slams 7-3 Win

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Pinch-hitting Mike Carp took the first pitch he saw in the 10th inning over the center field wall for a game-winning grand slam in Boston's 7-3 win over the Rays. The blow sent the two or three dozen Tampa fans in attendance to the exits to fight a three-hour traffic jam on the bridge. The Red Sox reduced their Magic Number to clinch the division to eight and took a commanding 9.5 game lead over the Devil Dogs. Ryan Dempster pitched another credible game—going five innings and giving up just one earned run while striking out seven. Brandon Workman gave up the game-tying runs—including a solo HR to Red Sox seven-weeker James Loney. The Boston offense—in addition to Carp—was led by Dustin Pedroia (2-4 with 2 runs scored), Daniel Nava (2-3, RBI) and Mike Napoli (1-3, 2 RBIs). The absolutely incredible Koji Uehara pitched another 1-2-3 9th—setting a Red Sox franchise record with 34 consecutive batters retired.