Game over: BJ Upton hit a dramatic three-run walkoff homer against Vicente Padilla to snatch victory from defeat.
The Rays were down 4-1 when they tied the score against Andrew Bailey who blew the save. Padilla came on with runners at second and third and one out and after falling behind 2-1 to Upton. He drilled the three-run blast to center ending the game. The Red Sox split with the Rays and went 4-3 on the road trip.
Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout, four-hit innings while Junichi Tazawa allowed a run in the eighth. Bailey had been very good since being inserted in the closer role. He allowed back-to-back singles to Matt Joyce and Jeff Keppinger, but then retired Luke Scott on a ground ball to first base as the runners advanced to second and third. Carlos Pena ran the count to 3-2 before stroking a single to right to score the second run. Runners were at first and third with one out for pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt, who drew a walk to load the bases and one out. Desmond Jennings singled in a pair of runs to erase Boston’s lead.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Rays 1 Jose Iglesias homered to left field, his first career round-tripper.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 3, Rays 1 With Junichi Tazawa replacing Clay Buchholz, who went seven innings and allowed four hits, two walks and struck out four, Desmond Jennings scorched a hard grounder over Mike Aviles’ glove at third base for a double. He advanced to third on B.J. Upton’s fly ball to right. He scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly to left.
Top 8th: Red Sox 3, Rays 0 Mauro Gomez stroked a stand-up triple to rightcenter scoring Ryan Lavarnway as he greeted reliever Wade Davis with a shot to the gap. Davis relieved David Price, who once again received no run support.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 Buchholz allowed a double off the left field wall to Luke Scott with one out, but once again the Rays were unable to capitalize. Carlos Pena grounded out and pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts flew out to center to end the threat.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 Sox get Podsednik to third, but can’t drive him home. Podsednik singled to shortstop and moved along on ground ball outs by Iglesias and Ellsbury. Pedroia made another out and is 0-for-15 in this series.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 The Buchholz machine kept rolling. He retired the side. The Rays have now gone 22 straight innings at The Trop without scoring for Price.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 The Sox rallied vs Price and broke his 29-1/3 scoreless innings streak at Tropicana Field. Jose Iglesias got his second hit, beating out an infield single to shortstop. After Ellsbury struck out and Pedroia flew out to right, a wild pitch advanced Iglesias and he rode home on a Ross double. Ryan Lavarnway singled in the second run. Mauro Gomez singled to right, Aviles walked but Nava fouled out to third to end the rally.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 The Rays were foiled in their attempt to score vs. Buchholz. They had a chance. Buchholz walked Carlos Pena with one out and Desmond Jennings singled sending Pena to third with two outs, but B.J. Upton flew out to right to end the threat.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Mike Aviles singled to right but was caught stealing as Daniel Nava swung and missed for strike three. This might have been a missed hit and run. Scott Podsednik grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Buchholz keeps on rolling. He retired Longoria, Joyce and Keppinger.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Ross, Lavarnway and Gomez are retired by Price.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Pedro Ciriaco is having a tough time picking up the ball in centerfield. He let BJ Upton’s routine flyball drop in front of him for a double which should have eben the third
out of the inning. That made Buchholz have to work a little harder and essentially get four outs to get out of the inning, which he did.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Price allowed a single to Jose Iglesias, but retired the hitters before and after him to keep the Sox off the scoreboard.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 The Rays wasted a leadoff double by Evan Longoria on a deep drive to right center on which there was limited communication between Pedro Ciriaco, playing center, and Daniel Nava, playing right. The ball fell between them. But Buchholz did a good job working out of it, allowing a walk to Luke Scott, before getting the third out without the Rays scoring.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Price is right tonight. Gomez, Aviles and Nava go down easily.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Clay Buchholz is the other half of this excellent pitching matchup with David Price. He retired the Rays in order in the first.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Cody Ross reached on an error by David Price with two outs after Dustin Pedroia nearly beat out an infield hit ahead of him. That was the only error Cy Young candidate Price would make however as the Sox were retired.