Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
In the first, a bomb from Desmond Jennings and a sac fly from James Loney, which drove in Ben Zobrist, put the Rays up 2-0. In the second, David Ortiz doubled and was driven in by Jonny Gomes, which put the BoSox on the board, making the score 2-1.
In the fourth, Jarod Saltalamacchia doubled and was driven in by Gomes—his second RBI of the game—as the Sox tied the game at two, which was the end of Boston's offense for the night. In the top of the fifth, however, the Rays responded and regained the lead as Jose Molina got on to lead off the inning and was eventually driven in by Ben Zobrist.
The Rays extended their lead in the seventh as they beat up on Boston relief pitching. Jennings continued his hot hitting and got on base for his third time tonight, Longoria, Loney and phenom Wil Myers all hit for extra bases and the inning ended with Tampa Bay putting three more runs up on the board.
Hellickson pitched six strong innings, scattering seven hits and surrendering two runs, and got the W. Dempster didn't have much command tonight and earned the loss despite the Boston bullpen blowing it in a big way.
And that's the ballgame! Gomes strikes out, Rays win it 6-2 with Hellickson getting the win. Long game. Not the most dominant pitching on either end but Hellickson deserves that W. Two-out hitting the big story for the Rays tonight, very clutch.
Fernando Rodney has had a less-than-stellar season to this point. Not really closer material in 2013.
Rodney hasn't pitched since Saturday so maybe Maddon just wants him to see a bit of time out there.
Swing and a miss from Salty, hard break on that curve from Wright. Now Maddon's taking him out...this is quite odd. Two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Rays are up 6-2. What's the reasoning behind this move?
Napoli taps it back to Wright who flips it to first for the first out of the bottom of the ninth. BoSox down to their last two outs.
Huge cheers at Fenway as the Bruins tie it up down Storrow Drive— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 20, 2013
Boston fans are going crazy but not for the Sox. They're cheering "let's go Bruins."
Jamey Wright on to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Rays. He'll face Napoli, Salty and Gomes.
Johnson hits a soft dribbler to Pedroia who flips it to first for the out. That's it for top of the ninth and now the BoSox are down to their last three outs. They'll still take the series so it'd be more of a moral victory for the Rays tonight, as they're obviously quite far back in the standings at this point.
Myers smacks it into left but it hangs up there and is caught. Two on and two out now for Johnson.
Loney lines it into right and the hard throw from Nava almost gets the jogging Longoria out at second. Two on and one out for Myers.
Good piece of hitting from Longoria there, he was down 0-2 and hit it right back up the middle. One on and one out for the Rays.
Zobrist was flailing at everything, some nasty off-speed stuff from Beato there and he records the strikeout.
New pitcher for the Red Sox is Pedro Beato. He made his major league debut last Sunday.
Big Papi hits it to the warning track but still an easy play for Rodriguez and we move to the ninth.
Peralta painting to corners there and gets Pedroia to strike out looking. Crowd now chanting an emphatic 'Papi!'
Peralta's got the zone but clearly not swing-and-miss stuff tonight.
The endless at-bat finally comes to a close as Nava skies it to center, Jennings makes the play for the first out of the bottom of the eighth.
Nice long at-bat from Nava here. He's really been a story this year.
Compared to Hellickson's quick work early on, Peralta seems like he's moving in slo-mo.
Joel Peralta now on to pitch for the Rays for the bottom of the eighth.
Morales fans Jennings for the third out, Rays still up 6-2 after seven-and-a-half in the books.
Rodriguez rips it past a diving Drew for a solid single. This game is really dragging on. More good two out hitting from the Rays.
Sean Rodriguez on to pinch hit for Joyce.
Escobar grounds it right back to Morales who kind of nonchalantly makes the play and flips to first. Okay then.
Franklin Morales on the mound to start off the eighth for the Red Sox. He strikes out Molina for the first out of the inning.
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