McCarty makes most out of start for Boston
The bench player has gotten the best of Devil Rays starter Mark Hendrickson.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David McCarty took full advantage of a start against Tampa Bay left-hander Mark Hendrickson.
McCarty, making his 25th start of the season, hit a three-run homer to back up seven solid innings by knuckleball thrower Tim Wakefield in the Boston Red Sox's 6-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Monday night.
"He's a pro," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
McCarty homered in the second inning after Tino Martinez made it 2-0 with a two-run homer off Wakefield (7-6) in the first.
"The offense did great in getting me back in the ball game," Wakefield said.
McCarty was 1-for-2 against Hendrickson (8-9) on Monday night and is 3-for-4 with two homers and seven RBIs overall against the left-hander.
Seeing the ball well
"It's only been four at-bats, but I seem to see the ball pretty well off him," McCarty said. "For such a limited number of at-bats, it's hard to really say why, but it worked out well today."
McCarty hit a liner that barely cleared the center-field wall.
"Good thing we're not at Fenway right now," Boston outfielder Johnny Damon said. "It would be a long single."
Wakefield allowed three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out three on his 38th birthday. He has won 10 of 11 career decisions against Tampa Bay.
"Lucky, I guess," Wakefield said.
Wakefield moved past Luis Tiant for third place on the franchise list with 239 starts and also became the 19th active pitcher to reach 2,000 innings.
Kevin Youkilis had a two-run double during a three-run fifth to help the Red Sox rebound from two straight losses to AL Central-leading Minnesota. Boston trails the Yankees by nine games in the AL East and Texas by a half-game in the wild-card race.
Hendrickson (8-9) allowed six runs and six hits in 42/3 innings. He had complete-game victories in two of his three previous starts.
"Two bad pitches ... multiple runs," Hendrickson said.
After Alan Embree retired two batters in the eighth, Keith Foulke got the final four outs for his 17th save in 22 opportunities.
"He pitched well," Damon said. "We're going to need him in our stretch drive to produce like that."
Foulke is 1-3 with seven saves and five blown saves since May 30.
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton and John Webb made their major league debuts. The 19-year-old Upton singled in the seventh inning for his first hit, and Webb allowed two hits in 11/3 scoreless innings of relief.