Clean save by Jonathan Papelbon in the 16th. Alfredo Aceves gets the win in this marathon game which lasted 5:44 before 21, 504. Tough loss for the Rays who now have to face the Yankees for four games. Sox move on to Baltimore for three games starting tonight.
Thanks for hanging in. See you tomorrow from Camden Yards.
Top 16th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Dustin Pedroia stroked a two-out RBI single to right scoring Josh Reddick with the go-ahead run off Adam Russell. Reddick led off by walking and was sacrificed to second base by Jason Varitek. Marco Scutaro then reached on an infield hit on a slow chopper on which shortstop Reid Brignac could not make the play.
With runners at the corners, Ellsbury popped to short left and couldn't get the run home. He's now 0-for-8. Pedroia then struck for his third hit of the night, the biggest hit to this point.
Bottom 15th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Alfredo Aceves had his little wild streak that he's prone to on occasion. He hit Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman with back-to- back pitches. He recovered, however, and got B.J. Upton to pop out in another poor at-bat while Justin Ruggiano grounded out to Marco Scutaro for the final out.
Top15th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Sox get two on and guess what? No score. Jason Varitek still has some bounce in his step and he comes out to catch the 15th.
Bottom 14th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Alfredo Aceves has a 1-2-3 inning, stroked out Damon on a high fastball.
Adam Russell is the last Rays reliever. And he's warming up.
Top 14th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
They're doing the 14th-inning stretch here. Take me out to the ballgame is being played and sung.
Jacoby Ellsbury struck out to end the inning. He's now 0-for-7. Jason Varitek also struck out and he's 0-for-6 and about to catch his 14th inning.
Bottom 12th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Evan Logoria and Casey Kotchman crushed a couple of Franklin Morales offerings, but they went for outs in center and left respectively. Morales pitched a a loud 1-2-3 inning which also included a strikeout of Ben Zobrist. Longoria has crushed three balls tonight, all for outs.
Top 12th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Sox top of the order goes down in order. Adrian Gonzalez is now 1-for-his last 16.
Bottom 11th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Runner at second and Johnny Damon couldn't get him in with two outs, grounding out to second base against Franklin Morales. On and on it goes.
Top 11th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
The Great Houdini couldn't have escaped this one, but the Rays did . Rays lefties J.P. Howell and /Jake McGee walked Youkilis, Ortiz and Darnell McDonald to load the bases. McGee struck out Reddick on a 3-2 pitch. Maddon came out to get him and in came righthander Juan Cruz, who inherited a bases-loaded, one-out situation.
Jason Varitek struck out.
Marco Scutaro then fouled out and slammed his bat even before Kelly Shoppach made the catch.
Scutaro should have been ejected. Interim manager Dave Martinez, who replaced Joe Maddon, who was also tossed that inning for protesting some close balls and strikes, protested but homeplate umpire Chad Fairchild tossed Martinez for arguing.
This is a very inexperienced umpiring crew tonight. They missed it on Scutaro.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
A tremendous leaping catch by Josh Reddick against the wall to rob Justin Ruggiano of extra bases. Ball wouldn't have gone out, but close.
Top 10th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Adrian Gonzalez missed a three-run homer by a few inches down the left field line. Scutaro and Pedroia walked to set the stage for Gonzalez, who had the count 2-0 against lefty J.P. Howell. Gonzalez grounded out into the shift to end the threat.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Daniel Bard is on for Josh Beckett. Too bad Beckett can't get the win. He retired the last 22 batters he faced. Allowed one infield hit in eight innings, six strikeouts, no walks. Yes, near perfect. The only hit was a Longoria infield hit off of Beckett's right foot. Beckett threw 106 pitches.
Rays rally with two outs. Johnny Damon singled, stole second base and then Ben Zobrist walked bringing up Evan Longoria. The Rays third baseman sent a deep drive to right, but J.D. Drew hauled it in near the wall.
Top 9th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
With Niemann out of the game, closer Kyle Farnsworth came on and created a wonderful opportunity for the Red Sox. Pedroia led off with a double to rightcenter. After a one-out walk to Kevin Youkilis, Farnsworth struck out David Ortiz.
He then went 3-2 to J.,D. Drew and walked him to load the bases.
Big moment for Josh Reddick,
Reddick took a ball before flying out centerfield ending Boston's best threat of the game.
Top 8th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Excellent performance by Niemann who is likely done after 118 pitches and a career-high 10 strikeouts. With two outs he walked Marco Scutaro and then battled Ellsbury to 3-2 before striking him out.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Rays hit the ball hard that inning. Zobrist and Kotchman hit it far to center, but Ellsbury tracked them down. Longoria lined out hard to Ellsbury, but Beckett has not allowed a hit since the first inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
David Ortiz was asking baseball writers before the game how he can beat the shift. The popular answers were: bunt, and hit a home run. The shift cost him a basehit in this inning when the deep man in short left threw him out. Ditto J.D. Drew.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Beckett struck out two that inning including Johnny Damon on a check swing. That's 16 straight. He's dealing tonight, but the Sox can't seem to muster any offense vs. Niemann.
Top 6th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Sox can't do much vs. Niemann. Ellsbury, Pedroia and Gonzo all ground out. Reid Brignac made a great play at short to rob Pedroia.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Beckett has retired 13 straight batters. His only blemish was Longoria's infield single in the first inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Johnny Damon sent a long fly ball to deep right, but it was caught at the wall by J.D. Drew. Damon battled Beckett to 3-2. Reid Brignac also battled Beckett for 10 pitches before being retired. Beckett isn't showing effects of the knee injury and has retired seven straight.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Varitek, Scutaro and Ellsbury go down against Niemann, who has good movement on slider and changeup tonight.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Beckett retired the side.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Ortiz, Drew and Reddick go down to Niemann, who has 4 K's.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Evan Longoria reached on an infield hit off Josh Beckett's foot, but no harm as Beckett retired the side.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Big Jeff Niemann had the Red Sox fishing for his slider and changeup. He struck out Jacoby ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis and surrendered a single to Adrian Gonzalez.
Not a great crowd here. Looks 27 thousand-ish.