Final: Rays 2, Red Sox 1

Game over: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole second base. With one out the Red Sox had the tying run on base, but couldn’t get Ellsbury in, losing the makeup game with the Rays in a playoff-like atmosphere at Fenway.

With two outs, Joe Maddon ordered David Ortiz to be walked intentionally setting the stage for Mike Napoli with two on, two out and the patrons on the edge of their seats against heart attack closer Fernando Rodney.

Rodney fell behind 2-0 but then got Napoli to swing and miss at two 98-mph fastballs and foul off a 99-mph fastball. Rodney threw a 100-mph fastball to the backstop to make it 3-2 and advancing the runners.


Rodney then threw Nava a changeup to strike him out. Huge loss.

Bad call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals calling Daniel Nava out at the plate when he was safe in the 8th inning helped Tampa Bay’s cause. David price was tremendous again with 7.1 innings of two-hit ball.

Top 9th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Koji Uehara keeps the game status quo with a strong ninth.

Bottom 8th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Play resumed after a 39-minute delay. David Price came back out. He went to 3-0 to Jonny Gomes, then 3-2 before striking him out. Maddon took Price out and brought in reliever Joel Peralta, who allowed a double to Ryan Lavarnway.

Stephen Drew followed with a double over Wil Myers’ head but Daniel Nava, who pinch-ran for Lavarnway, had to hold up at third.

Brandon Snyder came up hit a line to left field. Sam Fuld came up throwing as Nava broke for the plate. Close play with Molina blocking the plate but umpire Jerry Meals called the runner out. Replays showed Nava slid and caught the plate before Molina blocked it. Bad call.

RAIN DELAY: After the top of the 8th, rain begins. Nice break for the Red Sox as David Price was about to retake the mound.


Top 8th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Drake Britton has really been impressive. He retired the Rays again.

Bottom 7th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Price retires the side for the fifth time tonight. He strikes out Mike Napoli for the second time.

Top 7th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Drake Britton relieved De La Torre after he walked Wil Myers. Scott sent a long fly ball to right which Victorino caught at the wall. Escobar knocked into a double play.

Bottom 6th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Brandon Snyder hit the Pesky Pole to put the Sox on the board against David Price.

Top 6th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Molina walked and Matt Joyce, pinch-hitting for Sean Rodriguez, singled to centerfield to start the inning. But then Jose De La Torre reared back and struck out the next three Rays hitters.

Bottom 5th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Price strikes out the side. He has five Ks, allowed one hit.

Top 5th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Some really, really dark clouds rolling through with a streak of lightning but not haulting play. Longoria started with a ground rule double to deep center that kicked into the Red Sox bullpen. Zobrist singled him to third. Myers’ ground ball to third got the run home. The Rays then attempted two bunts – one with Luke Scott, who was thrown out by Doubront. After Escobar was hit with as pitch, Loney attempted one and failed and wound up lining out hard to right for the final out.

Bottom 4th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0 – Another powerful inning for Price.Victorino (foul to catcher), Pedroia (struck out) and Ortiz (liner to first).


Top 4th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0 – The Rays broke the deadlock against Doubront. He allowed singles to Escobar and Molina to put runners at first and third with two outs. Sean Rodriguez then blooped a hit that just eluded the leap of Mike Napoli, scoring the lone run. Rodriguez was credited with a double to put runners in scoring position, but Desmond Jennings lined out to right to get Doubront out of further peril.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Drew, Snyder and Ellsbury go down against price who has retired six straight and 9 of the first 10 batters he’s faced.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – The Rays had something going against Doubront who allowed a pair of walks to Jennings and Zobrist with one out, but rookie Wil Myers knocked into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – David Ortiz got a big ovation from the Red Sox crowd and doubled high atop the leftfield wall. The Red Sox made three consecutive outs stranding Ortiz at second.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Yunel Escobar singled off Doubront, but James Loney knocked into a double play. After Jose Molina walked, Sean Rodriguez grounded into a force play at second.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – David Price picked up where he left off vs. the Red Sox – a 1-2-3 inning, three ground ball outs.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Felix Doubront puts runners at the corners on singles by Evan Longoria and Wil Myers, but he struck out Luke Scott to end the threat. Doubront struck out two.

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