The Red Sox closed out their road trip with an 11-3 mashing of the D-Rays, a game marred by a beanball war.
Bronson Arroyo (2-0, 4.01) collected the win, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, although he was ejected following a hit batsman leading off the seventh inning.
Following Arroyo's ejection, Mantei, Myers, Timlin, and Halama combined to shut out Tampa over the final three frames.
The longstanding feud between the Sox and Rays erupted over the weekend, particularly fueled by Scott Kazmir hit batsman and reinforced by Red Sox retaliation. Lance Carter hit Manny Ramirez today, who followed with a homer on the next pitch, and Carter narrowly missed beaning David Ortiz during the next at-bat, leading to benches clearing and numerous ejections.
Jay Payton broke the game open with the second grand slam of his career in the eighth, and Ortiz then delivered his seventh homerun of the season deep into the right field bleachers.
Johnny Damon (.333) had four hits leading the way, and Edgar Renteria (.240) showed some life with a consecutive two-hit game.
I'll have more commentary about the necessary response to this latest beanball episode later.