Found May 18, 2012 on Lost My Way:
Doubront has been a pleasant surprise for Sox fans so far in the season. Don't tell anyone, but the Boston Red Sox have been playing quality baseball as of late. Winning six out of their last seven, Boston sits at 18-20 on the season and are currently six and a half games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles. Yes let that sit for a minute, the first-place Baltimore Orioles.  

After losing the first game of the series, Boston was able to bounce back in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Felix Doubront picked up his fourth win on the season pitching five and two-thirds innings and striking out seven.  

Boston hitters were able to get to Rays starter Matt Moore early, scoring a run in the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Marlon Byrd hit his first homerun with the Sox in the second inning and Cody Ross followed by hiting his seventh homerun of the season in the third.    

Tampa would cut the lead to one after a pair of RBI singles by Jeff Keppinger and Rich Thompson in consecutive innings. However, Ross would hit a two-run single in the eighth that scored Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz to put the game away. Ross was 2-3 on the night and drove in four of the five Boston runs.   

It took five Boston relievers to close the door after Doubront exited the game. Rich Hill, Scott Atchison, and Andrew Miller all pitched one-third of an inning while Vicente Padilla pitched an inning and gave up an RBI single to BJ Upton before Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless one and one-third innings en route to his eighth save of the season.  

The Red Sox will now travel to Philadelphia for their first taste of interleague action this season. The Phillies have had struggles of their own this season and just sit a single game above .500 (20-19) while many expected them to be favorites in the National League with one of the best rotations in all of baseball. However, scoring runs have been their biggest issue as sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley both haven't played a single game this year due to injury.  

Tonight, Daniel Bard will get the start for Boston while Cole Hamels will be on the hill for the Phillies. Hamels has been dominant this season and will come into tonight with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 2.28. He has not faced a lineup as powerful as Boston's as their 205 runs scored this season are fourth most in baseball. 

Jon Lester will get the start Saturday against Joe Blanton and the series finale will conclude on Sunday when Josh Beckett and Cliff Lee are on the hill.   

TL;DR The Boston Red Sox will try to stay hot this weekend when interleague action invades baseball.

Red Sox vs. Rays Boxscore [ESPN]
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