Rays Defeat Red Sox 2-1 In Game One Of Doubleheader
The Red Sox used an exemption in the collective bargaining agreement to schedule today’s doubleheader in hopes of taking advantage of a weary Rays team but the strategy backfired a bit as the Rays took game one of the double header by a final score of 2-1.
Cesar Ramos worked 4.2 innings (95 pitches) allowing one earned run on just one hit but walked six batters and struck out six. After a 35-pitch first inning which included three of his six walks on the day he settled in until his control evaded him again in the fifth inning.
Brandon Gomes came in and retired Mike Napoli with 2-on and 2-out in the fifth inning protecting the Rays 2-1 lead . He stayed in the game for the sixth inning. The seventh inning was handled by Jake McGee, the eighth by Joel Peralta, and Grant Balfour came in to work the ninth. Gomes was rewarded for his effort picking up the victory to improve to 2-1 and Grant Balfour picked up his fifth save of the year.
It was the first time in Rays history that a starting pitcher worked less than five innings and the team won while scoring less than three runs
The Rays scored their only two runs on a David DeJesus solo home run in the 3rd inning and a DeJesus bases loaded walk in the fourth inning.
The key play of the game came with 1-out in the seventh inning when David Ortiz sent a ball off the wall in left. Dustin Pedroia was off with the pitch and raced around third on his way to the plate. Matt Joyce played the ball off the wall and threw to shortstop Yunel Escobar who fired a bullet to Jose Molina who laid a swipe tag on Pedroia who was called out.
Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the play but replay could not find a suitable angle that showed that Pedroia touched home plate.