Final Red Sox 3, Rays 1: And it’s the sixth walkoff win for the Red Sox this season. This time, the hero is Jonny Gomes who smacks a two-run shot over the Green Monster. It is his fifth home run of the season.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 1, Rays 1: Andrew Bailey jogs out of the bullpen to his entrance song, “Shipping up to Boston,” and the crowd cheers. Two minutes and two pitches later, they were silent. Johnson hits a home run on the second pitch he saw and the game is tied. Bailey blows yet another save opportunity. Bailey escapes the rest of the inning unscathed, but the Sox will need to provide some more offense or this is going to extras.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: The Red Sox don’t generate any offense aside from a Pedroia walk and it appears Bailey will come in for the ninth. Final line on Doubront: : 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB on 93 pitches.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: And Doubront is out there to begin the eighth, for the first time in his career. He enters the inning with 82 pitches, retiring the last 14 batters. He exits this inning having retired 17 straight, now with six strikeouts on 93 pitches.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Alas, Doubront reaches the seventh inning for the first time this season. He enters this inning allowing just three hits on 71 pitches. Zobrist flies out on his first pitch, Longoria flies out on four pitches and Escobar strikes out on four. At this pace, Doubront will likely make it to the eighth — and then?
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Victorino flies out, Pedroia grounds out but that’s going to be it for starter Jake Odorizzi. Alex Torres comes in from the bullpen and right away allows a double to Ortiz, who turns up his speed a notch between first and second, but arrives with ease. Nava grounds out to end the inning.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0:Johnson grounds out and Jennings flies out. Saltalamacchia catches a high fly ball in foul territory to end the inning. As Doubront continues to plow through this Rays lineup, there appears to be some activity in the Tampa Bay bullpen. Perhaps a new pitcher for next inning.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0:Saltalamacchia flies out to left field. Then Drew, who was straddled in a 1-for-23 slump and hitless today, hits one off the Green Monster for a double. And Boston’s hottest hitter, Jose Iglesais, extends his hitting streak to 18 games with a single. Drew advances to third. It amounts to nothing as Ellsbury grounds into a double play.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Through five innings, Doubront has only thrown 59 pitches. Four strikeouts and no walks. Very impressive.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Victorino strikes out swinging on a 90 mile per hour fastball. Pedroia and Ortiz work back-to-back singles, but the Red Sox do not cash in. After a coaching visit on the mound, Nava and Gomes both fly out to end the inning.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Two groundouts and a fly out for Doubront, who has allowed only three hits so far.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Drew pops out. Iglesias, who did not play in the morning game, hits one to the warning track but it is caught. Ellsbury, too, flies out to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Kelly Johnson leads off with a single, a line drive to center field. Jennings hits the first pitch he sees (89 mile per hour fastball) and it’s a fly out to right field. Sean Rodriguez works a seven pitch at bat, but grounds into a double play.Through three, Doubront has thrown 34 pitches, 24 for strikes.
Bottom of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: David Ortiz flies out. Then Daniel Nava hits a home run to right center field. It’s his 10th of the season and it came on a 2-2 count. He is now second on the team in home runs, trailing only Ortiz. The Sox will not plate any more this inning as Gomes strikes out and Saltalamacchia flies out to center.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Escobar flies out to center. Then Wil Myers, the 22-year-old many consider to be baseball’s top prospect, records his first major league hit. It’s a line drive to center field. Myers went 0-for-4 in the first game today. He does not advance as Scott grounds out and Lobaton is caught looking at a 90 mile per hour fastball.
Bottom of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Jacoby Ellsbury grounds out, Shane Victorino lines out and Dustin Pedroia flies out. Each batter faced only three pitches.
Top of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Doubront allows a lead off single to Desmond Jennings, the first pitch he threw. Doubront settles from there, retiring the next three batters on a combined 11 pitches. It is highlighted by striking out Evan Longoria to end the frame.
Pregame: Here for game two of the doubleheader between the Red Sox and Rays. First pitch is at 8:07 — a late start as the first game was interrupted by a 2 hours and 59 minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Sox have now won eight of their last 10 games against the Rays. Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.91 ERA) will take the mound. Stay tuned for updates.