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Despite Head To Head Record, Rays & Red Sox Evenly Matched

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will meet up in Fenway Park for a 4-game set beginning tonight. Thus far in 2013 the Red Sox have a very impressive 9-3 head-to-head record versus the Rays but the win-loss record may be a little deceiving as to how evenly matched the teams have been this season.

In taking a 9-3 series advantage the Red Sox have been able to win a handful of walk-off victories and the Rays have failed to take advantage of some late inning opportunities.  Records don’t lie. The Red Sox have defeated the Rays 9 out of 12 games, but the Rays have not been outplayed by a wide margin in many of the losses.

The Rays and Red Sox have 7 games left this year and this 4 game set marks the completion of the games at Fenway Park. The competition between the two teams has been full of animated antics and a benches clearing melee that still has yet to be resolved. The one thing we can be assured of this week is that the series will have a playoff emotion tied to it.

April 13th Rays lose 2-1 in 10 innings.

Brandon Gomes [1] comes in to work the 10th. Jacoby Ellsbury [2] reached on a 1-out single, stole second, and advanced to 3rd when Jose Lobaton [3]‘s throw sailed into the outfield  Even with a 5 man infield Shane Victorino [4] found a crease and delivered the walk off single to give the Red Sox the victory.

April 15th Rays lose 3-2 on walk off double in bottom of 9th

The Rays tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the 9th inning but with 1-out Dustin Pedroia [5] drew a walk and came around to score on a double high off the green monster to give the Sox the 3-2 victory.

 

May 16th Rays enter 9th with 3-1 lead, Middlebrooks delivers bases clearing double to give Sox 4-3 victory

The Rays entered the 9th inning up 3-1 and on the verge of taking 2 out of 3 from the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Fernando Rodney [6] was on the mound to pick up the save. He did not have his best control as he walked the bases loaded around a pair of strikeouts to bring Will Middlebrooks [7] to the plate. Rodney quickly got ahead in the count o-2 but Middlebrooks, who appeared to be sitting on changeup, got a pitch to his liking and delivered a bases clearing double to give the Red Sox the 4-3 lead and eventual victory.

 

June 10th, Rays lose 10-8 in 14 innings after missing golden opportunity to walk-off in 10th.

The Red Sox quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Alex Cobb [8] in the first inning but he settled down and the Rays offense pecked away at the leading scoring 2 in the bottom of the 1st and single tallies in the 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th to tie the game at 6-6. The Red Sox jumped ahead 8-6 on a 2-out 2-RBI single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia [9].

Like the 6-0 deficit the Rays fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th inning. Andrew Bailey [10] came in to close the door but allowed a lead off homer to Jose Lobaton to cut the lead to 8-7. He then walked Yunel Escobar [11] and Matt Joyce and a single to Ben Zobrist [12] to load the bases. Kelly Johnson [13] drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 8-8 and bring Evan Longoria [14] to the plate. Longoria was unable to deliver as he sent a bullet to Will Middlebrooks who stabbed it and threw home for the force out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw to first to complete the improbable double play.  Bailey retired Sam Fuld [15] to end the inning with the score tied at 8-8.

The Red Sox scored 2 runs of Cesar Ramos [16], who was working his 3rd inning of relief,  in the top of the 14th to win the game 10-8.

The game did feature Matt Joyce getting hit by a John Lackey [17] pitch resulting in a benches clearing incident. An incident that still hasn’t been resolved.

 

June 12th, Rays offense shut down as Red Sox win 2-1

Alfredo Aceves [18] shut the Rays offense down for 6 innings and the Boston bullpen protected a 1 run lead over the final 3 innings to defeat the Rays 2-1.

Chris Archer [19] started for the Rays and allowed a 2-run homer to Daniel Nava [20]. The remainder of the game included some animated moments from Chris Archer.

 

June 18th, Rays tie game in 9th, Gomes delivers walk-off HR in bottom of 9th to give Sox 3-1 victory

Jake Odorizzi [21] worked the first 5.1 innings allowing 1 run and Alex Torres [22] worked 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. The Rays tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 9th on a Kelly Johnson solo home run. Joel Peralta [23] came in to work the bottom of the ninth and walked Daniel Nava before allowing a walk-off 2-run homer to Jonny Gomes [24] to give the Sox the 3-1 victory.