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Joyce homers to help Rays beat Red Sox, Lester, 8-3

  • Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Roberts hits a one-run single to center field  during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Roberts hits a one-run single to center field during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, left, gets the out on Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce at second base to end the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, left, gets the out on Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce at second base to end the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

  • Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce, left, and Jose Molina celebrate at the plate after both scored off of Joyce's two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings, right, celebrates with third base coach Tom Foley as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Roberts hits a one-run single to center field  during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings, center, celebrates with in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, left, gets the out on Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce at second base to end the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rubs up a ball after walking Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Matt Joyce hit one of three homers off Jon Lester to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, 8-3, last night.

Joyce, one day after being hit by a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing scrum, put the Rays up 7-3 on a two-run shot in the fifth that ended Lester’s night.

Desmond Jennings homered twice, while Evan Longoria also went deep for the Rays. Roberto Hernandez (4-6) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven-plus innings.

Lester (6-3) had his winless streak reach five starts, including three losses, since beating the Rays on May 15. The left-hander gave up seven runs, eight hits and seven walks in 4  2∕ 3 innings.

The teams were coming off a testy 14-inning game Monday night won by the Red Sox, 10-8, that took 5 hours, 24 minutes. An on-field scrum took place in the sixth after Boston’s John Lackey hit Joyce in the center of the back with a pitch.

Lackey insisted he meant no harm, though the Rays hardly were convinced of that as Joyce and Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon both said it was intentional.

Hernandez hit Dustin Pedroia, who was leading off the eighth last night, with a pitch that got away from the right-hander. Pedroia immediately ran to first base and nothing else ensued.

The Rays grabbed a 4-3 lead during the third on run-scoring singles by Ryan Roberts and Jose Molina. Longoria made it 5-3 on a solo shot in the fourth.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 advantage on Jennings’s solo homer in the second. He also had a solo drive off Jose De La Torre in the fifth for his third career multihomer game.

Mike Napoli had a two-run single in the third that put Boston ahead 3-2.

After Pedroia gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the first with a sacrifice fly, Tampa Bay got the run back in the bottom half when James Loney walked with bases loaded on the fourth free pass of the inning issued by Lester.

Boston’s Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the third. Pedroia had his 14-game hitting streak end.

NOTES

∎ Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (neck stiffness) will have his next start on Friday pushed back at least two days.

∎ Joyce is 4-for-8 with two homers against Lester.

∎  The Rays have hit four or more homers in consecutive games for the first time in team history.

∎  Tampa Bay LHP David Price (strained left triceps) will throw in a simulated game tomorrow.

∎  Maddon said RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who left Monday’s game with right elbow soreness, felt pretty good yesterday. The reliever played catch before the game.

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