Recap - Napoli's long ball boosts Red Sox past Rays

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

For at least one more night, Red Sox Nation is glad Mike Napoli is still on the team.

His two-run homer that just cleared the top of the Wall in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Boston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 at Fenway Park.

For Napoli it was his thirteenth long ball of the season. The subject of much trade talk as the July 31 non-waiver deadline came and went, Napoli had one of his few bright offensive moments of the season.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Junichi Tazawa got the win in relief despite allowing two inherited runners to score. Koji Uehara recorded his 23rd save of the year, aided by two ninth-inning strikeouts.

Eduardo Rodriguez (pictured) started for Boston. He allowed four runs (only one earned) on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six in the no-decision.

Alejandro De Aza singled home the first Red Sox run of the night in the bottom of the opening frame. Blake Swihart brought two more home with an RBI single to give Boston an early 3-1 lead.

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