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MLB: Tampa Bay 9, Boston 1

Sept. 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- James Shields held the Red Sox to one run over 8 1/3 innings Sunday and the Tampa Bay Rays tightened the playoff picture with a 9-1 win over Boston.

Shields (15-10) logged his fourth victory in a row, scattering seven hits while allowing one run. He fanned five with three walks.

B.J. Upton went 4-for-4 with a grand slam while Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist each drove in two runs as the Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox and moved to within 3 1/2 games of the American League wild card leaders.

Tampa Bay won for the seventh time in eight games overall.

Boston's Jon Lester (15-7) yielded four runs on eight hits over just four frames and Marco Scutaro's homer was the lone offense for the Red Sox.

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