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Rays rebound

In case you nodded off, the Rays and Red Sox played well into this morning in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series before the Rays evened the series with a 9-8 victory in 11 innings. It isn't often that a 5 1/2-hour baseball game is worth the wait, especially one that doesn't start until nearly 9 p.m., but at least it wasn't a school night.

What figured to be another low-scoring game like the night before turned into a meteor shower that left both Red sox starter Josh Beckett and Rays starter Scott Kasmir wondering what hit them.

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Dustin Pedroia hit a pair of homers for the Red Sox and presumptive American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria (right) parlayed a personal pep talk from manager Joe Madden into a 3-for-5 performance that included a home run and two doubles.

The two teams combined for seven home runs, which tied a postseason record that was first set during the 1989 "Earthquake Series" between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's. It might have ended at a semi-reasonable hour if not for a wild pitch that scored Pedroia with the tying run in the eighth inning, but that was the only blemish on a terrific 3 1/3-inning relief outing by Tampa Bay's Dan Wheeler.

The Rays finally won in the bottom of the 11th on a shallow sacrifice fly ball by B.J. Upton that scored speedy pinch runner Fernando Perez and sent the ALCS to Boston tied at a game apiece.

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