David Ortiz hit two home runs: #38 leading off the fourth -- which cut the Tampa lead to 2-1 -- and #39 leading off the eighth -- which broke a 2-2 tie. Not a walk-off, but still clutch.
Manny Delcarmen pitched a quick eighth inning (Travis Lee singled to right and was thrown out at second by Gabe Kapler (sounded like very poor baserunning by Lee)) and Jonathan Papelbon pocketed his 30th save with a perfect ninth.
In Baltimore, the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 as Dumbo hit a ninth inning tie-breaking homer. Toronto lost and fell to 9.5 GB.
Curt Schilling (3.84) / James Shields (5.43), 7:15 PM
Mike Lowell's left foot remains sore, so Alex Cora gets the nod at third. ... Javy Lopez is with the team, but will get his first start tomorrow night. ... Lineups:
Crisp, CF Hollins, CFBoston has lost three of their last four games against Tampa Bay, though they lead the season series 8-6. ... Last Sunday against the Angels, Schilling allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He has a 4.27 road ERA in 2006. Schilling has faced the Rays four times this season.
Loretta, 2B Crawford, LF
Ortiz, DH Cantu, DH
Ramirez, LF Lee, 1B
Youkilis, 1B Norton, RF
Pena, RF Navarro, C
Cora, 3B Upton, SS
Mirabelli, C Perez, 2B
Gonzalez, SS Zobrist, 3B
IP H R BB KShields held the Yankees to four runs in seven innings, but took the loss. He started against the Red Sox on July 6 at Tropicana Field (5-4-5-3-5). Boston won that game 12-5.
0419 H 6 6 1 1 7
0430 A 6 6 3 1 9
0527 H 7 8 4 0 7
0704 A 7 9 4 0 7
26 29 12 2 30
The Yankees (Johnson, 5.07) are in Baltimore (Chen, 7.07).