Rays Rip Red Sox, 9-1, for Series Lead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2008 7:25 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford runs into Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek in Game 3 of the AL baseball championship series in Boston, Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. Crawford was out at the plate.    (Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays are bashing their way through their first trip to the playoffs, the AP reports. Upton and Longoria homered off a suddenly shaky Jon Lester, and the power-packed Rays cleared the Green Monster four times to beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-1, today for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.

Rocco Baldelli and Carlos Pena also sent shots over Fenway Park's famous left-field wall as Tampa Bay tied the ALCS home run record. The Rays put the defending World Series champions in a postseason hole for the first time since they overcame a 3-1 deficit against Cleveland last year to win the pennant. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield faces Andy Sonnanstine in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series tomorrow night.