Game over: Rays 6, Red Sox 5, 11 innings
Desmond Jennings tripled to right center off Daniel Bard, just out of the grasp of a diving Jacoby Ellsbury with Darnell McDonald converging on the ball from right. Jennings motored to third and scored after one out on Evan Longoria's single to center on an 0-2 pitch. The game lasted 3:57 before 24,566 at The Trop.
The Rays are now four games back of Boston in the loss column.
Top 11th: Red Sox 5, Rays 5
Another three-up, three down for Sox vs. Gomes. Daniel Bard in for Red Sox.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 5, Rays 5
Papelbon completes his second scoreless inning.
Top 10th: Red Sox 5, Rays 5
Lefty Cesar Ramos continued to pitch well and retired the first two Sox hitters before Joe Maddon again made Jed Lowrie hit lefthanded by bringing on righty Brandon Gomes who retired Lowrie with a fly ball to left field. Lefties had been hitting .341 against Gomes
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 5, Rays 5
Jonathan Papelbon threw zeroes as the Rays go down in order.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Rays 5
Kyle Farnsworth came on to blow the two-run lead. Back-to-back homers by Jarrod Saltalamacchia (16) and Jacoby Ellsbury (26) drew the Sox even when it appeared that they'd go down to their second straight defeat to the Rays.
Farnsworth had allowed only two homers to lefthanded hitters this season, but doubled that mark in a matter of minutes. It was his sixth blown save.
Pedroia followed Ellsbury's homer with a hustle double to left center.
After Farnsworth walked Adrian Gonzalez, Maddon brought in lefty Cesar Ramos to pitch to David Ortiz. Good result for the Rays this time - a 4-6-3 inning-ending DP.
Bottom 8th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3
Marco Scutaro saved a run with a nice diving stab of Evan Longoria's hard-hit grounder in the hole to force the runner at second base. The Rays had two on, two out.
Top 8th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3
Ortiz had his second shift-busting single to left field to lead off the inning and he advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Howell retired the next two batters - pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald and Carl Crawford (strikeout). Maddon was proactive once again, calling for RHP Juan Cruz to face Jed Lowrie lefthanded. Cruz struck him out.
Bottom 7th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3
A 1-2-3 inning for Aceves. JP Howell on to pitch for TB.
Top 7th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3
A two-out Pedroia walk set up Adrian Gonzalez, but Joe Maddon took out righty reliever Joel Peralta and brought in lefty Jake McGee who got Gonzalez to ground out to second base.
Bottom 6th: Rays 5, Red Sox 3
Sean Rodriguez was hit with an Aceves pitch. After Jennings singled to right and went to second on Reddick's throw to third, Upton struck out. With runners at second and third, Evan Longoria hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Rodriguez.
Top 6th: Rays 4, Red Sox 3
A one-out Crawford double was wasted.
Bottom 5th: Rays 4, Red Sox 3
Kyle Weiland went four innings (six hits, three runs, three walks). He threw 82 pitches, 46 for strikes. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who allowed a two-out homer on the first pitch by Casey Kotchman, his ninth homer and first since August 12th.
Top 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3
Adrian Gonzalez homered with Dustin Pedroia aboard to right field on a 2-2 pitch from Jeremy Hellickson to tie it up. Ellsbury singled with one out and was erased on a fielder's choice on a nice play at third base by Longoria who dove for Dustin Pedroia's grounder and forced Ellsbury at second. The Rays couldn't turn the double play as Pedroia hustled down the line. That hustle paid off. It was Gonzalez' 25th homer and he now has 108 RBI. Gonzo had been 7-for-45 with one homer and two RBI vs. the Rays prior to the at-bat.
Bottom 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Weiland dodged another bullet. A two-out double by B.J. Upton and a walk to Longoria didn't yield anything for the Rays, who have allowed Weiland to stay in this game. Zobrist grounded to Gonzalez at first for the final out.
Bottom 3rd: Rays 3, Red Sox 1
The Rays loaded the bases off Weiland on two singles by Longoria and Zobrist and Joyce was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Kotchman's sacrifice fly got the run home, but the Rays are 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position to this point.
Top 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1
The Sox put two on with two outs. AGon walked and the featured play was Ortiz' shift-busting single to left. Reddick grounded out.
Bottom 2nd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1
Weiland is having trouble throwing strikes and is fortunate to have allowed only two runs. The Rays scored another run on Desmond Jennings grounder to third. Lowrie thought he might go home, but then went to first where he barely retired the speedy Jennings. The Red Sox have to be careful here. The Rays are one team that run out ground balls.
Top 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 1
Sox tied it up against Hellickson, who like Weiland in the previous inning, managed to minimize the damage. He put the first two Sox on base - Ortiz (walk) and Reddick (single to right). After Crawford advanced the runners. Jed Lowrie's grounder to shortstop scored Ortiz.
Bottom 1st: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Rough start for Kyle Weiland, but all things considered he was able to get out of this with minimal damage. He went three balls to three of the first four hitters, walking Desmond jennings, Evan Longoria while allowing a bloop single to center to B.J. Upton. Bases loaded, nobody out is no place for a rookie pitcher to be, but while a run scored on Ben Zobrists fielder's choice, Weiland struck out Johnny Damon on a 3-2 pitch and got Matt Joyce to fly out to center. End of inning and nice comeback by the rookie.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
The Sox go down in order in the opening frame against TB starter Jeremy Hellickson, who enters the game with a 2.90 ERA and a 12-10 record. We'll see Sox rookie Kyle Weiland.