Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the middle of it all -- teammate Toby Hall needling, "Eddie, you shocked the world," and owner Vince Naimoli bursting into Lou Piniella's office and boasting he had predicted the walkoff home run, and the manager leaning back with a celebratory beer in hand and joking, "He silenced the home crowd tonight, didn't he?" -- Eduardo Perez recalled the Christmas card he'd gotten from the folks back in Natick, Mass.

"Sheldon and Sandy Bass, good frie...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's no clock in baseball, but there is a pitch count.

That was the Red Sox' hope.

Scott Kazmir, a 21-year-old lefthander, mesmerized the Sox for seven innings (one run on four hits) at Tropicana Field last night before the largest crowd (30,530) of the season, but was close to his 110-pitch limit (108, to be exact), so Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella called on his bullpen to hold a lead.

But the Red Sox erased a 4-1 deficit with a run i...