The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in 15 innings this evening at Tropicana Field.
The Red Sox are finding peculiar ways to lose baseball games now. Losers of 8 straight games coming into tonight, Boston got off to a tremendous start against Rays’ ace David Price. Mike Carp was hit by the pitch the bases loaded, and Jonny Gomes followed with a sac fly. The bulk of the damage came on one swing out the bat by A.J. Pierzynski. He crushed a 3 run homer, and the Red Sox opened up a 5 run lead in the 1st inning. Price, after the horrendous 1st inning, was absolutely tremendous. He shut down the Boston lineup for the next 7 innings. Tampa Bay’s offense chipped away at the lead, and eventually tied the game on Brandon Guyer‘s 2 RBI double in the 5th inning. Guyer went 4/7 on the day. This game would head into extras. Innings 10-14 were mostly uneventful, although both teams had a few chances to take the lead. Cesar Ramos pitched 3 late superb innings to keep the Red Sox at bay. Finally, in the bottom of the 15th, the Rays decided to finish things. James Loney knocked a lead off single, and Brandon Guyer reached on a perfect bunt, putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Desmond Jennings hit a weak comebacker to the pitcher, Andrew Miller.¬†Miller decided to try to get the out at 2nd, and he threw the ball into center field. Cole Figueroa, pinch running for Loney, came around to score, giving the Rays their 3rd straight walk-off victory. The Rays won again, 6-5.
* David Price didn’t allow a single runner in scoring position after the 1st inning.
* This is the first time in Rays’ history that they’ve had walk-off wins in 3 consecutive days.
* Time of game: 5 hours, 16 mins.
-Austin Burnett is the MLB division manager/Tampa Bay Rays writer for ProSportsExtra.com
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