ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 17: Infielder Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on July 17, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Red Sox Outlast Rays In 16th Inning, Win 1-0

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Red Sox Outlast Rays In 16th-Inning Battle Of Attrition

An unyielding matchup devoid of hits was finally decided in the 16th inning, as Dustin Pedroia drove in the only run to give the Boston Red Sox a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The AL East rivals totaled 29 runs in splitting the first two games of the series before combining for a whopping eight hits in Sunday’s five-hour, 44- minute finale — the longest game in Rays history.

Pedroia provided three of the Red Sox’s five hits, none bigger than a single off Adam Russell (1-2) that plated Josh Reddick in the 16th.

The pitching duel was decided by the bullpens after Josh Beckett and Jeff Niemann were brilliant over eight scoreless innings.

Against a Boston club that amassed 47 runs over its previous six games, Niemann yielded a mere two hits and two walks while recording a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Beckett, who suffered a hyper-extended left knee in his previous start, was somehow even better, retiring the final 22 hitters he faced after Evan Longoria singled off his foot in the first inning.

Longoria was the only runner Beckett allowed in his outing, and the All-Star hurler finished with six strikeouts in the no-decision.


Beckett, Niemann Locked In Pitcher's Duel, Sox-Rays Tied 0-0

Josh Beckett has been dealing with some nagging injuries of late, but the right-hander seems to be ready to get back on the mound.

Beckett will take the hill when the Boston Red Sox close out a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

A few weeks ago Beckett had a start pushed back due to an illness, and just recently it has been a problem for the 2003 World Series MVP to get on the mound because of a sore knee. In fact, it even kept Beckett from pitching in the All-Star Game.

However, Beckett seems ready to go this evening and will be looking for his fifth win in six starts and his third in a row. The last time Beckett was in action was back on July 8th when he led the Red Sox past Baltimore.

In the win the hard-throwing right-hander held the Orioles to just three runs on seven hits, but clearly Beckett was not fully healthy and lasted just five innings.

This will be the 11th road start on the year for Beckett, who has never been afraid to go to work on foreign ground. In his previous 10 road outings this year, Beckett is 5-3 with a 2.66 earned run average.

The Rays will turn to Jeff Niemann, who has won three of his last four starts, including two in a row. The last time Niemann was in action the big right- hander held the Yankees to just one run on six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work.

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