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Well, sometimes mother nature just doesn’t cooperate. With a 1-1 game going into the bottom of the ninth, The Red Sox-Rays matchup was suspended with the game to be finished on Saturday, weather permitting.
Going into the fifth, with Boston down one, “El Capitaino” Jason Varitek hit his third home run of the year off Wade Davis (his first three hits this season have been HRs). The Sox had the chance to take the lead in the sixth when after a Kevin Youkilis walk, David Ortiz doubled into right. Youk stormed towards home, but was gunned down in the process.
After a few more scoreless innings, the umpires suspended the game. This is the second game suspended for the Rays, the last one was in the 2008 World Series. It is the first time a Boston game has been suspended since May 3, 1996 against the Blue Jays. The Sox won the following day, but with rain in the forecast all day on Saturday, Friday night’s game might have to be put on ice for a while.
The highlight of the night was the performance of Josh Beckett. Despite the conditions, Beckett has his best night of the season, going seven innings and giving up only four hits with eight strikeouts. On a 42-degree night, Beckett was red hot.
The Rays got on the board in the third after Carl Crawford reached first after a Marco Scutaro error. Then Ben Zobrist hit a bloop towards third, but Adrian Beltre lost it in the lights, allowing Crawford to score. Rays starter Wade Davis went five innings, striking out four and allowing two hits (one just happened to be the Varitek home run).
If everything goes as planned, the game will resume Saturday night at 7:10.