Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Coming into the series, in a place that had given the Red Sox nightmares the past two years, one could have been excused for feverish visions of a sweep that would have put the Sox in danger and would have gotten the Rays back in the wild-card picture.

The Sox had, after all, managed just two wins in 15 regular-season games against the Rays in 2008 and 2009, including a two-game sweep in their most recent attempt on the Tropicana Field’s turf.