Game over: Rays 6, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox offense was held in check by Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) who outpitched Ryan Dempster (4-8). The game was played 3:21 before 35,710 at Fenway.
Top 9th: Rays 6, Red Sox 2 – A couple of singles by the Rays against Pedro Beato do not yield any add-on runs.
Bottom 8th: Rays 6, Red Sox 2 – Nothing doing for Red Sox who will need some 9th inning heroics to pull this off.
Top 8th: Rays 6, Red Sox 2 – Sean Rodriguez pinch-hit for Matt Joyce and singled to left field with two outs, but Desmond Jennings struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Rays 6, Red Sox 2 – Jose Iglesias walked with two outs. Interestingly, Iglesias’ 17-game hitting streak could end tonight if he doesn’t come up again. Ellsbury ended the inning with a line out to third base.
Top 7th: Rays 6, Red Sox 2 – Desmond Jennings began the Rays’ three-run rally with one out with a single to left against reliever Craig Breslow. After the second out was secured, Evan Longoria drove in the first run with a long single to left field off the wall. James Loney doubled to left sending Longoria to third. That marked the end of Breslow’s reign. Alex Wilson was greeted with a two-run double by rookie Wil Myers.
Bottom 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 – Hellickson is pitching one of his better games this season. He got Ortiz to fly out to right then struck out Napoli and Saltalamacchia.
Top 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 – With two outs, Kelly Johnson walked and Jose Molina singled, but Dempster got Yunel Escobar to fly out to center.
Bottom 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 – Jacoby Ellsbury reached base for a second time with a single to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Nava struck out and Pedroia grounded out to third.
Top 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 – With two outs and Jose Molina at first base following a single, Desmond Jennings worked a walk and Ben Zobrist singled in Molina on a close play at the plate where Jacoby Ellsbury was able to skip a throw in that almost nailed the slow-footed catcher..
Bottom 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 2 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia showed no signs of being tired when he hammered a Hellickson pitch off the centerfield wall for a double with two outs. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Gomes continued his hero act lining a ball to third that Longoria leaped for, knocked down, but couldn’t recover to make the play scoring Salty with the tying run.
Top 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Another strong, efficient inning for Dempster who struck out two.
Bottom 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – A leadoff single by Jacoby Ellsbury, erased on a double play grounder by Daniel Nava.
Top 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Dempster retired the heart of the Rays order – Jennings, Zobrist and Longoria – in order.
Bottom 2nd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Sox score when David Ortiz doubled to deep center and eventually came in on Jonny Gomes’ infield singe to third, that Evan Longoria fielded but couldn’t transfer for the throw. Stephen Drew singled to right with two outs to put runners on at first and second.
Top 2nd: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Rays missed a big chance to add to their lead when Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar each singled with one out. But Matt Joyce knocked into his first grounded into double play of the season in 210 at-bats.
Bottom 1st: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Sox go down in order against Jeremy Hellickson.
Top 1st: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Ryan Dempster wasn’t fooling Rays hitters here in the first. Matt Joyce flied to deep center and that was followed by desmond Jennings’ solo homer. After Evan Longoria singled to right, James Loney’s sacrfice fly got the second run home.