Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 10-6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the lights dimmed over most of Tropicana Field, the playing surface looks innocuous.

The stands are mute without the cowbells, home plate nonthreatening without Evan Longoria beside it. And yet, its unfriendly confines have yielded a strange sort of hope for the Red Sox on this their first of three trips here this season to play the Rays.

"With the way it started, that would almost be like a win for us," Jason Bay said of the series if the So...