June 18: Red Sox 3, Rays 1
Recap: The legend of Jonny Gomes grew larger on June 18, when he saved the Red Sox closers from another blown opportunity with a two-run home run to beat the Rays in the bottom of the ninth inning. After a brilliant pitching performance by Felix Doubront, in which he threw eight shutout innings and allowed just three hits, Andrew Bailey came in and could not shut the door, allowing a game tying home run to Kelly Johnson, a performance in a string of bad outings that would later lead to Bailey’s removal from the closer role. The Red Sox didn’t need much time to finally beat Tampa Bay, as Daniel Nava led off the inning with a walk and Gomes followed him with the game-winning homer, completing the sweep of a day-night doubleheader against the Rays.
They said it: "Long day at the yard. Two wins kinda sums it all up.” – Jonny Gomes