June 10: Red Sox 10, Rays 8 (F/14)
This looked like it was going to be the game that turned the tide on the Red Sox season, when everyone who doubted this team and said they were a fluke was going to be right as the Red Sox came back to earth and sunk back to where they were expected to be. But even a blown six run lead in the first inning could not stop the Red Sox at this point, and they showed their strength and perseverance that would become a theme for the entire season.
The Red Sox looked like they would blow away the Rays after taking a 6-0 lead before Tampa Bay even came to bat, but the Rays kept chipping away, scoring two runs in the first and a run in the third, forth, seventh, and eighth innings to tie the game 6-6. This contest even included John Lackey hitting Matt Joyce, which cleared the benches.
The game then looked like it would be over in the 10th, as Jarrod Salatalamacchia hit a two-run single to score Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia and give the Sox a 8-6 lead. But Tampa Bay just would not quit, and Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run to make it 8-7. Andrew Bailey walked two and allowed a hit to load the bases, then walked home the tying run, but his defense helped him escape a catastrophic loss, turning a 5-2-3 double play and then throwing out Sam Fuld after he tried to bunt home the game-winning run.
No one would score for the next three innings, but the Red Sox finally broke free in the 14th, with Nava and Saltalamacchia each hitting RBI singles to give the Sox another two-run lead. Franklin Morales came in for the 13th and back out for the 14th to pick up the win in a truly wild affair from Tampa Bay.