Game over: Red Sox 13, Rays 5: That's it from Fenway Park, where 38,024 turned out to watch the Red Sox rally from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to bludgeon the Rays, 13-5. On a day center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a subluxation of his right shoulder, the Sox erupted for 15 hits, including five home runs, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz, Mike Aviles and Cody Ross all homered for the first time this season.
It helped make a winner of Clay Buchholz (7.0 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR) for the first time this season.
It marked the first time the Sox strung together back-to-back wins since sweeping a doubleheader from the Oakland A's Aug. 27, 2011.
Bottom of 8th, Red Sox 13, Rays 5: Sox left no doubt about this one, erupting for five runs on four hits against Dane De La Rosa. The inning was highlighted by
David Ortiz's bases-clearing 3-run double to left and Cody Ross's irst homer of the season, a towering two-run shot to left that made it 13-5.Alfredo Aceves entered the game in the ninth.
Middle of 8th, Red Sox 8 Rays 5: It's Sweet Caroline time, as Morales sits down the Rays in 1-2-3 fashion. Over his last 3.2 IP, Morales has 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB. Buchholz's line: 7 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Bottom of 7th, Red Sox 8, Rays 5: Mike Aviles, batting in the lead-off position for injured center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (subluxed right shoulder, 15-day DL), homered for the first time this season. Aviles hit a lead-off solo homer, taking reliever Burke Badenhop deep to the top of the wall in left on an 0-1 pitch, to give the Sox a 6-5 lead. LHP J.P. Howell entered the game with one out in the seventh to relieve Badenhop and loaded the bases when he gave up a double to Gonzalez, walked Youkilis and allowed a single to left by Ortiz. Cody Ross then doubled off the wall to left, scoring Gonzalez and Youkilis to give the Sox an 8-5 cushion. The Sox have scored eight runs on 11 hits, seven for extra-bases and four for homers. Franklin Morales will pitch the 8th for Buchholz.
Middle of 7th, Rays 5, Red Sox 5: Buchholz holds 'em down again in 1-2-3 fashion. He has now retired 12 of the last 13 batters he's faced, twice striking out Evan Longoria in that stretch.
Bottom of 6th, Rays 5, Red Sox 5: Badenhop has a 1-2-3 inning, recording strikeouts of Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald. This one looking like it could go the way of the Bruins-Caps NHL playoff game at TD Garden -- extras.
Middle of 6th, Rays 5, Red Sox 5: Buchholz retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion, needing only nine pitches to do the job. Burke Badenhop will pitch for the Rays in the sixth. Hellickson's line: 5 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 99 pitches (59 strikes).
Bottom of 5th, Rays 5, Red Sox 5: David Ortiz homered for the first time this season -- and for the first time in 13 career at-bats vs. Jeremy Hellickson -- taking a 3-2 delivery from the Rays' righthander deep to Sox bullpen in right for a two-run shot that scored Kevin Youkilis (single to left) and tied it, 5-5. Ortiz is now 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, 2 RBI and 1 HR. Hellickson has allowed three home runs in the game, a career high.
Middle of 5th, Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Buchholz seemed to settle down as the Rays stranded a baserunner after Matt Joyce's sharply-struck grounder eluded Dustin Pedroia. Through five innings, Buchholz has thrown 88 pitches, 55 for strikes, and averaged 13 pitches over the last three innings.
Bottom of 5th, Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Red Sox threatened to blow the game open when they loaded the bases. David Ortiz led off with a single to right and went to third on Ryan Sweeney's one-out double to left off Hellickson, putting men in scoring position. After Saltalamacchia, who hit a 2-run homer in his first plate appearance, hit a fly ball to left, McDonald drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Aviles, who ran the count full after starting out 3-0 and lofted an inning-ending fly to right. Manager Bobby Valentine came sprinting out of the dugout to argue with first base umpire Brian Gorman that Hellickson had balked when he dropped the ball while towing the rubber before his 3-0 delivery to Aviles, but it fell upon deaf ears. Replays showed it was indeed a balk, which would have pushed across another run for the Sox.
Middle of 4th, Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Tampa stranded a runner when Jose Molina led off with a single to right and advanced on Sean Rodriguez's sacrifice bunt to third. Buchholz got out of the inning by inducing Desmond Jennings to fly to right and punching out Pena on a checked-swing strikeout. Buchholz has now thrown 74 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Bottom of 3d, Rays 5, Red Sox 3: After Mike Aviles led off by flying to center, Dustin Pedroia hammered a 1-1 Hellickson offering to the Monster Seats in left, cutting Tampa's lead to 5-3. It was Pedroia's second homer of the season. The Sox, however, were unable to build upon that spark when Adrian Gonzalez ground out to short and Kevin Youkilis ground out to third.
Middle of 3d, Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Buccholz seemed to have difficulty locating his fastball. Not a good thing against the Rays' potent lineup. After getting Evan Longoria to hit a deep fly ball to the warning track in center, Buchholz issued his third walk of the game when Matt Joyce drew a base on balls. Zobrist flew to right, but Scott made Buccholz pay when he doubled off the wall in left to score Joyce, making it 5-2. Buchholz has now thrown 61 pitches, 37 for strikes, through three innings and allowed five runs on four hits, inlcuding one homer, to go along with three walks, two strikeouts and one balk.
Bottom of second, Rays 4, Red Sox 2: Jarrod Saltalamacchia got two back for the Red Sox when he crushed a 2-run homer (his first of the season), driving it all the way to the blacked-out seats in center field off Jeremy Hellickson. Saltalamacchia's homer scored Ryan Sweeney, who drew a two-out walk. Darnell McDonald flew out to right to end the inning.
Middle of second, Rays 4, Red Sox 0: Buchholz continued to scuffle, only this time it didn't cost him any runs. After striking out Jose Molina to lead off the inning, Sean Rodriguez singled to left, then advanced to second on a balk, but Buchholz got out of the inning when he got Desmond Jennings to fly to center and Carlos Pena to ground to second.
Middle of first, Rays 4, Red Sox 0: Rough inning for Clay Buchholz, who gave up four runs on two hits, including a three-run homer by Luke Scott. Scott's first homer of the season scored Carlos Pena, whose RBI single to right gave the Rays a 1-0 lead, and Ben Zobrist, who drew one of two walks Buchholz issued during the inning. Buccholz had not allowed more than three earned runs in eight previous starts against the Rays. His first inning blew that out of the water.
First inning, two out, Rays 4, Red Sox 0: Luke Scott, the detractor of Fenway Park, did not make any new friends in the Fens when he drilled a 3-2 pitch beyond the Pesky Pole in right for a 3-run homer.
First inning, two out, Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Carlos Pena gave the Rays a 1-0 lead when he hit a double off the short wall in right, scoring Desmond Jennings, who drew a lead-off walk from Clay Buchholz.