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Rolls leads way with grand slam for D-Rays

7/24/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Damian Rolls hit a grand slam to highlight a
seven-run fifth inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays got a
team-record 21 hits in beating the Boston Red Sox 15-9 Thursday.

Rolls' first major league slam helped him drive in a career-high
five runs. Antonio Perez also homered and had a career-best five
RBI as Tampa Bay matched its highest-scoring game of the season.

The Devil Rays led 11-2 after 4½ innings and went on to end
Boston's five-game winning streak. Every Tampa Bay starter had at
least one hit and had scored a run by the fifth.

The Red Sox open a three-game series against the AL East-leading
Yankees in Fenway Park on Friday night. Pedro Martinez scheduled to
pitch the opener for Boston, which trails New York by 2{ games.

Todd Walker hit a three-run homer and Manny Ramirez and Nomar
Garciaparra each hit two-run homers for the Red Sox. Trot Nixon,
who homered twice and drove in five runs in Boston's 10-4 win
Wednesday, added a solo shot.

Victor Zambrano (7-5) won despite allowing four home runs in 6
2/3 innings. He gave up eight runs and seven hits.

The Devil Rays led 4-2 when Carl Crawford doubled with one out
in the fifth and scored on a single by Perez. Aubrey Huff singled
to chase Ramiro Mendoza (3-4) and Rocco Baldelli greeted reliever
Chad Fox with an RBI single, making it 6-2.

After Travis Lee walked, Rolls hit the next pitch into the
left-field seats.

Marlon Anderson kept the inning going with a double and scored
on Julio Lugo's single, increasing it to 11-2 before Fox ended it
by getting Crawford to ground out.

Walker's homer finished Zambrano and cut it to 11-8 in the
seventh.

Perez had an RBI single in the eighth. Rolls, Anderson and Toby
Hall each had run-scoring hits off reliever Mike Timlin in the
ninth.

Nixon homered in the fifth and Garciaparra connected in the
sixth.

Tampa Bay had erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run third.
Crawford had an RBI double and Perez hit the next pitch into the
Green Monster seats.

The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on Ramirez's homer.

Game notes
The seven-run inning matched a season-high for Tampa Bay,
and equaled the biggest allowed by the Red Sox. The Devil Rays did
it July 20 against Texas. It was the third time Boston gave up a
seven-run inning, the last was April 24 at Texas. ... The Red Sox
are on a pace to shatter the major league record for extra-base
hits. At their current clip they would have over 700, and the
record of 607 was set by Seattle in 1997. ... Rolls made a
splendid, diving catch on Johnny Damon's fifth-inning liner to
right field. ... Hall swung and missed in the seventh, and the bat
snapped at the handle. ... The Devil Rays scored 15 runs for the
second in a week. They did it against Texas on Sunday.