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Rays Vs. Red Sox Recap: Tampa Loses 5-3, Splits Series With Boston

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, on Thursday night in the second game of a quick split two-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays edged out the Sox by a run on Wednesday, but Boston came back to get one off the Rays before interleague play gets underway this weekend. A two-run single by Cody Ross in the top of the 8th inning proved to be the difference. Burke Badenhop gave up a lead-off single to Dustin Pedroia and was tanked for J.P Howell, who promptly walked David Ortiz. Joe Maddon's third reliever of the inning, Wade Davis, gave up the two-out, two-run single to Ross.

Starter Matt Moore struck out eight in six innings, but gave up a run in each of the first three innings, including two solo homers by Ross and Marlon Byrd. The offense got two back with a run in the third and fourth, but they could never string together a big rally against Felix Doubront, who was credited with his fourth win of the season.

The Rays now host Atlanta for a weekend interleague series at the Trop. Game 1 on Friday will feature a solid pitching matchup of Tommy Hanson and James Shields.

For more news and updates from around the league, be sure to drop by Baseball Nationor the Rays blog DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox visit SB Nation's Red Sox blog Over The Monster. And for a peak at the analysis behind the numbers, head over to Beyond the Box Score.

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