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Rays Sweep Sox in Day-Night Doubleheader

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Yunel Escobar homered off Boston closer Koji Uehara leading off the ninth inning to propel the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 win and a day-night doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox on Thursday night.

Escobar crushed the second pitch from Uehara (0-1) over the Green Monster in left field for his second homer of the year, and Grant Balfour recorded the final three outs for his second save of the day and sixth of the season.

Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings also went deep for Tampa Bay, which won for just the third time in nine games.

Jake McGee (2-0) earned the win with one inning of scoreless relief.

Tampa Bay won the opener, 2-1. David DeJesus had a homer and drew a bases-loaded walk, and the Rays’ bullpen pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings.

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