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Rays sweep four from Sox

April 20, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

BOSTON (AP) - B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays played the bumbling Boston Red Sox at the perfect time.

Upton capped a five-run third inning with a three-run homer and Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox with an 8-2 victory Monday in the annual Patriot's Day game.

The Rays won their seventh in a row, all on the road, and matched the team record for the longest winning streak away from Tropicana Field in one season. Tampa Bay (10-3) completed its first sweep at Fenway Park in a series of three or more games.

"We've got 5 1/2 more months of baseball to play, so a lot can happen in between that time. We just got to keep doing the things we're doing, keep our head straight, do a lot of little things right and I think the rest will take care of itself," Upton said.

The Red Sox lost their sixth straight at home, their longest losing streak at Fenway since a 12-game skid in 1994. Boston (4-9) was 0-for-30 with runners in scoring position during the series.

The Red Sox allowed five unearned runs Saturday night. Two of their better pitchers - Jon Lester and John Lackey - were shelled. The outfield misplayed balls Monday.

Evan Longoria had a two-run double in the third and Upton hit his fourth homer in five games into the Red Sox bullpen to make it 6-0.



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