While thousands of runners partook in the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Boston Red Sox took the third game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays, sweeping their AL East rivals in dramatic fashion.
After Ryan Dempster and Jeremy Hellickson both turned in brilliant performances on the mound, the relievers were the ones that made things interesting. Andrew Bailey came into the game in the ninth inning and with a one-run lead, but was unable to shut the door, allowing Desmond Jennings to score the game-tying run on a Ben Zobrist double.
Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Joel Peralta was forced to wait a few minutes while his catcher, Jose Molina, needed to fix his mask, and Mike Napoli took advantage of it. Napoli smacked a 2-2 splitter off of the Green Monster that allowed Dustin Pedroia to come around to score the game-winning run.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Evan Longoria both homered in the Patriot's Day showdown.
Final: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2