Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 9, Red Sox 2: Flying at Fenway
Posted Sep 16, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM
BOSTON If you’re a Rays fan and you’ve learned anything this season it is to never count this team out.
After looking awful in two games against the awful Orioles earlier this week, the Rays offense responds Thursday night with a 9-2 clobbering of the Red Sox during the first game of this four-game series with the Wild Card leaders.
The Rays now trail by three games.
“We have earned the right to be very confident going into (tonight’s) game,” manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays are now three back in the Wild Card standings with 13 games to play.
Here are some notes from an important win …
—The Rays extended their winning streak to a franchise-best six games against Boston.
—The Red Sox are batting .178 against the Rays pitchers this season. Since 1946, the lowest the Red Sox have batted against an opponent (minimum 10 games) was .204 against the Orioles in 1966.
—They have held the Red Sox to a .162 batting average this season at Fenway Park. Since 1946, the lowest the Sox have hit against an opponent at home was .187 against the 1973 A’s.
FYI, the 1966 Orioles and 1973 A’s both won the World Series.
—The Rays have now won 23 straight when scoring at least five times and are 57-7 this season when scoring five runs or more.
—The Rays are now 9-5 in September. They have never had a winning September.
—Evan Longoria was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the third inning. It was his 14 career home run against the Red Sox, second only to the 15 he’s hit against the Orioles.
—Casey Kotchman was 2-for-4 with a two runs scored, three RBIs and a two-run homer. He now has at least 10 home runs in four of his five seasons since 2007.
—Russ Canzler made his major league debut.