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Tampa Bay 6, Boston 4

March 31, 2003 at 8:30 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Pinch hitter Terry Shumpert hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Carl Crawford hit a three-run blast two outs later as the Tampa Devil Rays rallied Monday for a stunning 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Lou Piniella appeared headed to another loss against Pedro Martinez, who pitched seven innings and left with a 4-1 lead. Ramiro Mendoza breezed through the eighth for Boston, but Alan Embree failed to retire any of the three hitters he faced in the ninth.

Travis Lee led off with a single and Shumpert, signed Saturday after he was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, lined a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to make it 4-3.

After Ben Grieve singled, Red Sox Manager Grady Little summoned Chad Fox (0-1), who struck out Damian Rolls, retired Brent Abernathy on a forceout and threw two quick strikes to Crawford. But the veteran of 64 major league games fouled off four pitches and took a ball before depositing Fox's next offering in the right field seats.

It was Crawford's third career home run.

The rally made a winner of Seth McClung (1-0), who struck out three and walked two in two scoreless innings in his major league debut.

It was a disheartening loss for Boston, which allowed Ugueth Urbina to leave via free agency and opted to rotate a handful of veterans in the closer's role.

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