Rays end skid, beat Red Sox 1-0 behind Shields
The Rays snapped their four-game losing streak and avoided a four-game series sweep with a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in Monday's Patriots Day matinee at Fenway Park.
James Shields did the bulk of the work for the Rays on the mound, holding the Sox to just four hits while pitching into the ninth. Fernando Rodney finished for his fourth save.
The Rays got their only run after a curious decision in the seventh by Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who left in starter Daniel Bard after he walked Carlos Pena on his 107th pitch. Bard, a converted reliever making just his second big-league start, threw four balls to Longoria to force in the run.
Shields got the first out of the ninth, but then walked Dustin Pedroia on a full-count pitch that was his 115th of the day. Rodney got Adrian Ginzalez to ground out, intentionally walked David Ortiz, and struck out Cody Ross looking.
The win was manager Joe Maddon's 500th with the Rays, making him the fifth manager to have that many with their current team, joining Ron Gardenhire (Twins), Jim Leyland (Tigers), Charlie Manuel (Phillies), Mike Scioscia (Angels).
It was the 16th 1-0 win in franchise history.