Boston (64-41) was looking to sweep the series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (39-65), but Scott Kazmir stood in the way pitching 6 scoreless innings in the 5-2 win over the Red Sox.
Kazmir did not earn the win, but kept his team in it long enough as Tampa scored five runs in the seventh off of Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and reliever Manny Delcarmen.
The game was scoreless until the seventh as Matsuzaka was dealing much like Kazmir was pitching for 6 1/3 innigs, on eight hits, two runs, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Neither offense scored any runs until the bottom of the seventh inning as Matsuzaka (12-8) let up his first run on a solo-shot to Dioner Navarro which was his third homer of the season. Entering the game at a .184 clip Navarro went 3-4 with the homerun, two singles, one run, and one RBI bringing his average up to .193.
Tampa added four more in the inning as B.J. Upton (13) launched a three-run homer off of Delcarmen and Carlos Pena (25) followed in the next at bat with a solo blast making 5-0.