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Varitek, Mueller pace Boston offense

BOSTON (AP) -- While the big bats were silent, the bottom of
Boston's batting order delivered Tuesday night.

Jason Varitek and Bill Mueller each had two hits and drove in a
pair of runs to lead the Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-4
for their third win in four games.

Varitek, Orlando Cabrera, Mueller and Kevin Youkilis -- batting
sixth through ninth for Boston -- drove in two runs each.

"You've got to get the hits when it matters, and we did that
tonight," said Youkilis, who has driven in eight runs in over the
past three games. "We started to string together some two-out
hits, and that's what you have to do to win games. We're pretty
tough all the way down the lineup, and opposing pitchers can't
relax after the top of the order."

Bronson Arroyo (5-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3
innings, striking out six and walking two. He's won three of his
last four decisions after losing six straight from May 27-June 27.

"Bronson's given us a quality start every time he's pitched,"
Kevin Millar said. "We've had trouble hitting the ball when he's
on the mound, but he's as tough a fifth starter as there is in the
big leagues right now."

Manny Ramirez started in left field and went 0-for-4 with three
strikeouts after missing three straight games because of the flu.
He batted third for just the second time this season.

Tampa Bay was looking to win two straight on the road for the
first time since July 6-7 at Baltimore. Jorge Sosa (3-1), a
converted outfielder in just his fourth season as a pitcher,
started with four perfect innings but wound up giving up seven runs
and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"They've got a good offensive club," Tampa Bay manager Lou
Piniella said. "Sosa was coasting along for four innings nicely,
and then they finally got to him in the fifth and it continued in
the sixth. They got some good two-out hitting."

Jose Cruz Jr.'s sacrifice fly put the Devil Rays ahead in the
fourth, but Boston took a 3-1 lead in the fifth with a two-out
rally keyed by Varitek's RBI double, Cabrera's run-scoring grounder
and Mueller's RBI single.

Rocco Baldelli's two-run triple tied the score in the sixth, but
Varitek hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the bottom half and
Cabrera's run-scoring single chased Sosa.

Mueller greeted Bobby Seay with another RBI single, and Youkilis
hit a two-run double off the wall in left-center.

"I was locating my pitches well early, but then I had no
control and couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to," Sosa
said.

Game notes
Boston reliever Scott Williamson is to have another MRI
exam of his swollen right forearm Friday. ... Curtis Leskanic
(right shoulder tendinitis), who went on the disabled list on July
25, threw 20 pitches in the bullpen before throwing a 15-pitch
simulated game. ... Baldelli was a home run shy of hitting for the
cycle. ... Aubrey Huff had his fourth consecutive multihit game for
the Devil Rays.