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Game 32: Bay, Red Sox get it done late

What can we say about Jason Bay that we haven't already said?

When the Sox needed him the most tonight, he stepped up. With a 3-3 game in the bottom of the 8th, David Ortiz hit a double to get things started. Right behind him was that player from Canada -- Oh, Bay! -- with a double of his own to put the Sox up 4-3.

Jonathan Papelbon made the 9th interesting by putting two men on with no outs, but he earned the save by striking out Carlos Pena, BJ Upton and Carl Crawford.

Yes, that's how you save a ballgame, folks.

Josh Beckett was OK, but certainly not great. He wound up with a no decision, but pitched six innings, allowed three runs, six hits, walked three and struck out five. Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez combined two innings of perfect relief work.

Dustin Pedroia left the game early due to a strained right groin, but no more word than that.

Here's some good news: the Red Sox won't face the Rays again until August. That is great news considering the Red Sox haven't performed too well against them so far this season (Rays lead the season series, 6-4).