They stood there, hands stretched out in utter confusion, as if the answer to the inexplicable was somehow floating in the air between them.
David Ortiz’s fly ball to right center seemed routine.
Right fielder Wil Myers tracked backward toward the short fence in front of the Red Sox bullpen, shades down, glove up to block the sun while waving off center fielder Desmond Jennings.
The two Rays outfielders were close enough to make a play.
Neither did, the ball bouncing into the bullpen for a ground-rule double. The play keyed a five-run outburst that sent the Red Sox on their way to a 12-2 win in Game 1 of their AL Division Series game at Fenway Park. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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