PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Manny Ramirez hit consecutive home runs off Tim Wakefield, and the Tampa Bay Rays battered the 44-year-old knuckleballer Friday night in a 7-3 victory over a Boston Red Sox split squad.
Kelly Shoppach and Ben Zobrist also connected as the Rays built a 6-0 lead after three innings against Wakefield, who gave up seven hits.
Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine dodged trouble for the first four innings before Boston got to him for three runs in the fifth. None of them came on a hit, however.
The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out before Carl Crawford pushed the first run across with a walk. Kyle Farnsworth relieved Sonnanstine, but walked J.D. Drew and allowed another run to score on a wild pitch to Jed Lowrie.
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