Rays win 9-8 In Marathon ALCS Game 2

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday, October 12, 2008. (AP) -- Tampa Bay won a seesaw homerfest in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series with a 9-8 win in 11 innings over Boston to even the best-of-seven series. B.J. Upton drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

The Rays opened their 11th inning rally with back to back walks issued by losing pitcher Mike Timlin. They moved up a base on a groundout. After an intentional walk, Upton flied to short right field. J.D. Drew's throw was off line and pinch-runner Fernando Perez with the winning run to end the five-hour, 27-minute marathon.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs, which is an ALCS record and ties a major league record for the postseason.

Dustin Pedroia hit two of Boston's four homers. Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay hit fifth-inning solo home runs for Boston. Bay drove in four runs. Pedroia raced home with the tying run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch.

Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Cliff Floyd homered for the Rays. Longoria had three hits and three RBIs.

Boston starter Josh Beckett was charged with eight runs on nine hits in 5 and a-third innings, the shortest postseason effort of his career.

The teams have Sunday as a travel day. The series resumes Monday at Fenway Park with Matt Garza on the mound for Tampa Bay against 16-game winner Jon Lester for the Red Sox.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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