Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, August 2
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 3
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 4
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Red Sox 4

(58-48, 25-30 away)

Devil Rays 5

(51-56, 32-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 4, 2004

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: T. Harper (3-2)

    L: B. Arroyo (4-8)

    S: D. Baez (23)

    Hall breaks 0-for-18 slump with grand slam

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- It took just one swing for Toby Hall to break out of a lengthy slump.

    Hall snapped an 0-for-18 skid with his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays held on for a 5-4 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

    "I was just trying to get it done," Hall said. "Just trying to drive some runs in.

    With Tampa Bay trailing 4-1, Hall hit a 1-2 pitch with no outs from Bronson Arroyo (4-8) into the left-field seats to put the Devil Rays ahead for their second win in nine games against Boston.

    "It's big for us," Hall said. "The Yankees and Boston, they're loaded."

    The Devil Rays are 6-17 against the Red Sox and Yankees this season. Against everyone else, they are 45-39.

    "Boy, it's nice to beat Boston," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "It's hard to beat these guys and their neighbors to the south."

    The Red Sox are 43-42 since starting the season 15-6, and trail wild-card leader Texas by 1½ games.

    Travis Harper (3-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win. Jesus Colome struck out Orlando Cabrera and Manny Ramirez in the eighth before Danys Baez got four outs for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities.

    But Baez had to sweat through the ninth, when Boston had the tying run thrown out at the plate.

    Kevin Millar hit a leadoff single and pinch runner Dave Roberts advanced to second on a passed ball by Hall. Doug Mientkiewicz followed with a single to center and Roberts tried to score but was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Rocco Baldelli.

    "A lot of stuff has to go your way to beat a team like this," Baldelli said.

    Baldelli tumbled to the ground after making a perfect one-hop throw.

    "To make a throw like that is pretty impressive," Roberts said. "I thought I had a shot. Unfortunately, Rocco made a great throw."

    Mientkiewicz, who went to second on the throw, advanced to third on a groundout and Gabe Kapler was hit by a pitch before Baez got Johnny Damon to pop out to first for the final out.

    Bill Mueller had a homer and two RBI for Boston, which won the first two games of the series and was looking for its road sweep since taking three games from the Yankees on April 23-25.

    Arroyo (4-8) gave up five runs and six hits over seven innings in the loss.

    In Tampa Bay's half of the seventh, Jose Cruz Jr. led off with a single, Tino Martinez walked and Julio Lugo reached on third baseman Kevin Youkilis' error to load the bases. Hall followed by hitting Arroyo's 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall.

    "I wanted to go with a sinker in and try to get a double-play ball," Arroyo said. "It was thigh-high, up."

    Ramirez hit a run-scoring double and Millar had a sacrifice fly to give Boston a 3-1 lead in the sixth.

    Ramirez drove in Cabrera, who reached when Tampa Bay shortstop B.J. Upton misplayed his grounder for his first major league error. Ramirez scored on Millar's fly to deep right.

    Upton, 19, was making his second career start at short. The Devil Rays' first round pick in 2002 is 1-for-10 -- including going hitless in four at-bats Wednesday -- since making his major league debut as the designated hitter Monday.

    Mueller made it 4-1, ending Tampa Bay starter John Halama's night, with a leadoff homer in the seventh.

    Halama allowed four runs -- two earned -- and six hits in six-plus innings.

    Baldelli put the Devil Rays up 1-0 with an RBI double in the first. Carl Crawford singled, went to second on his major league-best 45th stolen base and scored on Baldelli's two-out hit.

    The Red Sox tied it at 1 in the second when Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on Mueller's double.

    Mientkiewicz beat the lunging tag attempt by Hall, who had to move up the third-base line to catch Upton's relay throw.

    Game notes

    The Devil Rays recalled RHP Jeremi Gonzalez from Triple-A Durham and optioned RHP John Webb to the Bulls. ... Cabrera snapped an 0-for-12 slide with a double in the first. ... Millar has 15 RBI in last 13 games. ... Tampa Bay RHP Doug Waechter (finger) is scheduled to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Durham. ... The Red Sox allowed another unearned run, giving them an American League-leading 75.

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