July 3: Red Sox 2, Padres 1
Just over two weeks after he punted his helmet rounding third base on a walk-off home run against the Rays, Jonny Gomes was at it again on July 3, starting the Independence Day celebrations early with another monster hit for the Red Sox. The Red Sox trailed the Padres 1-0 after three innings, but were able to tie the game up in the fourth with a double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia that scored Mike Carp.
After that, both teams went scoreless heading into the ninth inning, when Koji Uehara shut down San Diego to give the Sox a chance to walk-off with the win in the bottom of the inning. Jonny Gomes led off the inning pinch hitting for Brandon Snyder, and the electric outfielder worked the count to 2-2 before launching a towering shot into the Green Monster seats to send the Sox to a 2-1 victory, and in the process became the first Red Sox player to hit three pinch-hit home runs in a season since Bernie Carbo in 1977.