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Tampa Bay Takes Down Dice-K

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Devil Rays beat Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season. The 2-1 win was powered by a two-run homer by B.J. Upton.

Edwin Jackson overcame control problems to hold the Red Sox to one run in six innings for his fourth win. He allowed five hits, five walks and struck out three.

The Red Sox, who won the first two games of the series, stranded 14 runners in the game.

David Ortiz walked and J.D. Drew singled in the ninth before Al Reyes retired Jason Varitek for his 19th save.

Matsuzaka has had weak run support of two runs or less 12 of his last 16 starts. He's 13-and-10.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but scored just once when Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly drove in Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia left the game after that with a bruised left elbow hit by a pitch from Jackson. X-rays were negative.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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