Rays hand Red Sox fourth straight loss

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Clay Buchholz took a one-hit shutout into the eighth, but Boston�s starter couldn�t finish the job against Tampa Bay.AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Akinori Iwamura homered in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 last night for the Rays' first five-game winning streak in more than two years.

Iwamura's two-out, two-run homer, his first since Sept. 3, came on a 1-1 pitch from Clay Buchholz (1-2), who took a one-hit shutout into the inning.

Dioner Navarro got the Rays' second hit, a pinch-hit single with one out in the eighth. After Jason Bartlett flew out, Iwamura's shot helped Tampa Bay win its fifth straight for the first time since Aug. 16-21, 2005.

Buchholz allowed two runs and three hits over eight innings in his first complete game of the season. Boston has lost four in a row.

Scott Dohmann (2-0) struck out Manny Ramirez, the only batter he faced in the eighth, to win for the second straight day. He got the victory Friday when he got David Ortiz to hit into an inning-ending double play in the 11th inning.

Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Coco Crisp opened the fifth with a single, advanced two bases to third on Edwin Jackson's wild pitch and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's infield hit that put Boston up 1-0.

Jackson (2-3) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings. He had four strikeouts and three walks.

Boston's Ortiz was scratched from the starting lineup due to a bruised right knee. He was hurt diving into first base attempting to beat out a double-play grounder in the final inning of Boston's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays on Friday night.

Boston's Kevin Youkilis established a new major league record for first basemen when he fielded his 1,701 consecutive chance without an error in the seventh, recording the out on Eric Hinske's grounder to second. The old mark of 1,700 was set by Stuffy McInnis from May 31, 1921, to June 2, 1922. Youkilis' last error at first came on July 4, 2006, a span of a major league-best 205 games.

Red Sox DH J.D. Drew had an unique two-out infield single in the first. He broke his bat, with the barrel forcing first baseman Carlos Pena to take several steps toward second to avoid it. By the time Pena reached first, Drew was able to beat second baseman Iwamura's throw to the base.

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 14 games.

NOTES: Boston C Jason Varitek (flulike symptoms) was in the starting lineup. He played for the first time since last Saturday when he entered Friday's game in the ninth. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon said LHP Scott Kazmir (left elbow) will "probably" made his first start of the season next Sunday at Boston. ... Boston 3B Mike Lowell (sprained left thumb) went 1-for-4 in his second rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket. He could rejoin the team Tuesday. ... The Red Sox placed 1B Sean Casey (right hip) on the 15-day DL and recalled 1B-OF Brandon Moss from Pawtucket. ... Boston released RHP Dan Kolb from his contract with Pawtucket to make room for RHP Devern Hansack, who returned from a bruised right forearm.

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