July 3: Red Sox 2, Padres 1
Recap: In a pitching duel that saw both teams score just one run through the first eight innings, the Red Sox set off fireworks of their own on the eve of Independence Day. Boston had a great chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth after a leadoff double by Dustin Pedroia and a walk to David Ortiz, but the Padres’ Luke Gregerson shut down the next three Sox hitters to keep the game tied into the ninth. After Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless top of the inning, Jonny Gomes showed why he is arguably the most clutch hitter on the team, smacking a pinch-hit home run to give Boston the win. It was Gomes’ second game-winning home run and his third pinch-hit homer of the season, tying Bernie Carbo in 1978 for the most pinch-hit homers in a single season in Red Sox history.
They said it: "I just had three swings tonight… [The other] guys [on the team] did a lot of work. Whether it's me or someone else, winning's fun. It's contagious." – Jonny Gomes