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With the game tied 8-8 in the 14th inning, Daniel Nava came up to the dish with runners on first and second and one out and lined a base hit up the middle to score Shane Victorino to give the Boston Red Sox the 9-8 edge over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a RBI single of his own to make it 10-8.
Franklin Morales, who was supposed to start Wednesday’s game, got the win and retired six of the eight batters he faced, including two strikeouts.
The Red Sox scored eight runs (six in the first inning) and somehow found a way to rally in the tenth inning to take the 8-6 advantage on the Rays. Andrew Bailey came in for the save and was a little shaky allowing a leadoff homer from Jose Lobaton and a walk to Yunel Escobar, before walking Matt Joyce and allowing a hit to Ben Zobrist to load the bases with no one out in the inning.
Kelly Johnson forced a bases-loaded walk on nine pitches to tie the game 8-8 and blow the save for Bailey. Bailey was able to regroup and force Evan Longoria to ground to Will Middlebrooks who threw home and Saltalamacchia threw to first for the double play. Sam Fuld tried bunting the runner from third home, but Dustin Pedroia made a nice play to get out of the jam.
The Red Sox scored six runs in the first inning thanks to seven hits and one walk in the inning off of Rays’ starter Alex Cobb. Jacoby Ellsbury got it started with a base hit on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. Victorino lined a ball down the right field line to make it second and third with nobody out.
Pedroia drove them both in with a single up the middle to make it 2-0. After a four-pitch walk to David Ortiz, Nava doubled to left-center to make it 3-0. Mike Carp then singled to left to drive in Nava and Ortiz to make it 5-0. Saltalamacchia doubled down the line in left and Middlebrooks singled Carp home in his first plate appearance since being activated from the disabled list to give the Red Sox the 6-0 lead.
John Lackey had the runs to work with, but gave two quick ones back on a solo shot for Joyce to start the bottom of the first and Longoria launched one to deep center to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Then things got real chippy.
With runners on first and third and two outs in the second, Joyce laced a 3-0 pitch down the right field line that had home run distance, but was clearly foul. He posed a bit and Lackey had some words for him after he forced him to ground to second to end the threat.
The Rays would make it 6-3 in the third on a Luke Scott force out that scored Zobrist after the Rays loaded the bases to start the inning. Lackey retired Desmond Jennings with a strikeout to end the frame.
The lead would be 6-4 after a Zobrist RBI single scored Lobaton from second. Lackey would get Johnson and Longoria on flyballs to end yet another threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lackey had retired six straight batters before an 0-1 pitch nailed Joyce right between the numbers on his back. He had some words for Lackey and was looking to charge the mound but Saltalamacchia stood in his way. After some pushing, Carp came from first and both benches cleared. The umpires quickly settled the matter and warned both benches.
Zobrist doubled when played resumed and Craig Breslow was called in for the final out of the frame. He was able to get Johnson looking on strikes to keep the two-run advantage for the Red Sox.
The Rays made it a one-run game in the seventh inning with a long Loney homer off reliever Andrew Miller.
Escobar hit a one-out double in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa. He moved to third with a grounder to second by Joyce. Escobar scored on a wild pitch from Tazawa as he slid in under the tag. With a runner on second, Pedroia just nabbed a popup around the mound to end the inning.
The Red Sox were finally able to get through against the Rays’ bullpen in the tenth inning. It was the seocnd inning of work for closer Fernando Rodney and he started by walking Pedroia. Ortiz grounded into the shift and Pedroia advanced to second. Nava then walked and on ball four Pedroia took a huge lead and stole third.
Rodney was able to battle back to strike out Carp, but allowed Nava to advance to second on fielder’s indifference on the first pitch of the at-bat to Saltalamacchia. On the next pitch, Saltalamacchia lined one to right to drive in two runs for to make it 8-6. Jamey Wright came in to retire Middlebrooks on strikes.