Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play Tuesday night, but a Ray has hit into a triple play before.

Ben Zobrist stole home, but that too has been done before by someone wearing a Tampa Bay Rays jersey.

But a pair of complete games by two Tampa Bay pitchers in the same day? Slow down, brother, you are traveling through uncharted territory.

James Shields and Jeff Niemann tossed a pair of three-hitters during the day/night doubleheader with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but the Rays could only gain a split as the Red Sox won the first game 3-1 and the Rays bounced back for a 6-2 win at night.

"That's awesome," Niemann said. "I was here early and saw him throw his and he threw great. One pitch got him. It's just pretty cool to get two in the same day and especially be a part of it."

Maybe not so awesome for Shields, who now has a major league-high nine complete games but is only 11-10 despite a 2.83 ERA.

Niemann, however, won for the seventh time in his last 10 starts.

"There's always that saying, sometimes it's not how you pitch, it's when you pitch," Shields said.

The Rays managed only three hits in the 3-1 afternoon loss, but had 12 hits in the 6-2 win.

"They just got us in the first game and we came back and returned the favor," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But it's tough. We only gave up six hits in the two games combined and only won one of the two. You'd like to believe you can win both of those."

The Rays gave Shields a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Desmond Jennings started with a double off Jon Lester, stole third and came home when Evan Longoria bounced out to third.

Zobrist doubled in the inning and Longoria singled with one out in the sixth, but Lester, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined to retire the last 11 Rays.

Shields, meanwhile, retired the Red Sox in order in six of his eight innings.

The one pitch that got him, as Niemann referenced, was a three-run home run by Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning that followed singles by Josh Reddick and Mike Aviles, Boston's No. 7 and 9 hitters.

Shields, who also pitched a complete game in a 1-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 10, called this loss "frustrating," but refused to blame the offense for lack of support.

When asked if he could have done anything more to gain a win, Shields said, "Don't give up any runs. Sometimes that's what you got to do as a pitcher. If I make my pitch right there, who knows, it might be 1-0 and we get the win."