Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sonny goes seven, Red Sox rally in eighth

Andy Sonnanstine's day is over.

The right-hander was the first Rays pitcher to go seven innings this spring.

He allowed five runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two. Jason Varitek reached him for a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Rays lead to 7-5

Jon Weber hit a pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot in the sixth that gave the Rays a 7-2 lead.

Sonny turned a 7-5 lead over to Grant Balfour, who came on to pitch the eighth and quickly got into trouble.

A two-out, two-run double by one-time Ray Nick Green tied the score at 7-7. A single up the middle by Angel Chavez gave the Red Sox their first lead of the game.

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