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Sonnanstine retired 12 consecutive batters in all after Kevin Cash's homer to lead off the third and make it 5-1. The Rays right-hander, who pitched 13 shutout innings against Boston in a pair of September no-decisions, allowed just two hits before David Ortiz's leadoff triple in the seventh.
Ortiz, who had been hitless in his first 12 at-bats in the series, scored on a groundout to make it 11-2, and Boston chased Sonnanstine while adding two more in the eighth.
Notes: Timlin made his record-tying 25th appearance in the ALCS. ... Longoria committed two errors at 3B on a single play in the second inning, bobbling Jason Bay's grounder and then throwing it away. Those were the first two errors committed by the Rays in the postseason. Center fielder B.J. Upton also made an error. ... There were no fisticuffs between the teams that had a bench-clearing brawl in June. Masterson threw a pitch behind Longoria in the fifth. ... Cash became the first Red Sox player to homer in his first postseason at-bat since pitcher Jose Santiago in the opener of the 1967 World Series against St. Louis. ... Wakefield's outing was the shortest postseason start by a Boston pitcher since Bronson Arroyo lasted two innings in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees. Also that night: Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui went 5-for-6 -- the last player with five hits in the ALCS before Crawford. The Red Sox lost the first three games of that series, then won the next four before sweeping St. Louis in the World Series.
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