In his return to Boston's rotation, Masterson surrendered five hits and a walk, but no earned runs, before leaving after five innings with a 5-1 lead. The Rays added two runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera -- who earlier hit an RBI single -- and an RBI single by Grady Sizemore, who went 3-for-5 in his Tampa Bay debut.
"Today kind of feels like we got beat," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Masterson's really good. You could tell he had a lot of movement. We were chasing balls out of the zone on him. He wasn't throwing the same velocity that we're used to seeing him throw. But a lot of depth on his sinker and the slider had a lot of sweep on it. So that made it tough."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Trouble with the Red Sox: Archer entered the game 1-5 with a 5.18 ERA in eight career starts against Boston. Things didn't get any better as he allowed five earned runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. The often dominating right-hander did strike out 10 before exiting.
"We got a couple of offspeed pitches in the strike zone," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We put some good swings on some pitches ... but going against a guy like that today, you know that he's going to challenge you in the strike zone." More >
Ortiz tags Archer again: Coming into the contest, Ortiz had been hitting a robust .333 (6-for-18) with a homer and eight RBI against Archer, and added to that total. After grounding into the teeth of the shift on his first at-bat, Big Papi rebounded by sending a 1-1 slider into the seats in right for a two-run home run in the fourth that extended the Red Sox lead to 4-0. More >
Strong return for Masterson: In his first appearance since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, Masterson was impressive, surrendering just one unearned run on five hits while striking out six. The right-hander did allow a baserunner in every inning but the fourth, but never was in much danger as he only had one baserunner get in scoring position. More >
"We're playing good baseball, we're in every game. We know the way our team is we have to pitch well. And I thought we pitched well today. The long ball beat us up." -- Cash, on dropping back-to-back series at home
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The Rays are 21-23 at home, compared to a Major-League-best 21-12 on the road.
De Aza was initially ruled safe on a steal of second base in the ninth, but after a one-minute, 44-second review, the call was overturned and he was ruled out.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox:Clay Buchholz (5-6, 3.68 ERA) starts against a team he has had a lot of success against when the Red Sox open a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Monday at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. In 27 appearances (26 starts), the right-hander is 12-6 with a 3.51 ERA, the seventh lowest among Major League starters (minimum 100 innings).
Rays:Nathan Karns (4-3, 3.28) will try to continue his recent success Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET against the Indians at Tropicana Field. The right-hander held the Blue Jays hitless for five innings Tuesday and did not allow a run in a six-inning stint that earned him a no-decision. His control has improved and he's successfully using a changeup more often.