Sept. 11: Red Sox 7, Rays 3 (F/10)
The Red Sox, looking to put away the Tampa Bay Rays for good in the AL East race on Sept. 11, pulled another last-inning victory out of a potential disappointment. Leading 3-1 going into the seventh inning, Brandon Workman allowed a run to make it 3-2, then another run in the eighth to tie the game 3-3. Needing a shut-down ninth, John Farrell brought in Koji Uehara to keep the game tied at three, and he did just that, retiring the Rays in order to send the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Dustin Pedroia walked to lead off the inning and then took second on a sacrifice by Shane Victorino.
David Ortiz was intentionally walked before the Rays brought in Roberto Hernandez to face Mike Napoli. Hernandez walked Napoli on four pitches, loading the bases for pinch-hitter Mike Carp. With the go-ahead run on third with one out, Carp slammed the first pitch he saw deep to center, knowing it would be deep enough to score a run. I
t ended up being much more than that, as the ball continued to sail high and deep, all the way over the center field wall for a grand slam to put the Sox up 7-3. Junichi Tazawa came in for the bottom of the inning and allowed just one batter to reach, completing the remarkable night for Carp and the Red Sox.