Rays Take 3-1 Series Lead With Big Game 4 Win

BOSTON (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays started banging balls around and out of Fenway Park early and didn't stop until they had crushed Boston 13-4 in game 4 of the ALCS. The Rays lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and are a win away from what would be their first World Series berth.

Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria got the onslaught started with back-to-back home runs in the first inning off Boston starter Tim Wakefield, who was lifted in the third inning.

Willy Aybar added a home run and drove in five and Carl Crawford went 5-5 with two RBIs. His five hits tied a single-game playoff record.

Tampa Bay unleashed a 14-hit attack, seven of them going for extra bases. The Rays have now hit 10 homers in the last three games.

Starter Andy Sonnanstine benefited from the offensive outburst, pitching seven and a-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits. Kevin Cash homered for Boston, which is a game away from elimination. But some of the Red Sox are used to the situation.

Boston was down 3-1 to Cleveland in the ALCS last year before coming back to take the next three games and the series, then going on to capture the World Series.

Game 5 is set for Thursday night in Boston.

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