Rays Capitalize On Red Sox Error To Walk Off With 6-5 Victory
The Tampa Bay Rays were trailing the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-0 before they even had their turn to bat but battled back to tie the game at 5-5 in the 5th inning. David Price went the first eight frames for the Rays and Jake Peavy seven for the Red Sox. From there it was a battle of bullpens which lasted until the 15th inning when the Rays were able to push across the game winning run on a throwing error by Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller.
The win goes to Cesar Ramos (2-3, 4.12 ERA) and the Rays match a season high win streak of three games in a row and improve to 22-28. The loss goes to Andrew Miller (1-4, 2.68 ERA) and the Red Sox drop their ninth game in a row and fall to 20-28 on the year.
Entering the game the Red Sox were tied with the Atlanta Braves for the fewest times losing a game when holding a lead at six and were also 18-1 when leading by at least two runs.
The Rays overcame a 5-run deficit which was their largest comeback win since August 18, 2012 at the Los Angeles Angels (trailed 8-0 and won 10-8).
The 15th inning began with a single by James Loney who was replaced by pinch runner Cole Figueroa. Brandon Guyer then was bunting for a hit and pushed one between third baseman Brock Holt and pticher Andrew Miller but neither of them picked it up to make a play.
Desmond Jennings attempted to sacrifice the runners twice but was unsuccessful and sent a ground ball back to the mound. Miller gloved it and wheeled to throw to second but his throw was off the mark allowing Figueroa to score from second for the Rays franchise first third walk off victory in a row.
The Rest Of The Story
Entering the game David Price was 10-6 in his career against the Red Sox with a 2.93 ERA (129IP/42ER) in 20 starts. A quick glance at the Red Sox lineup to face him on Saturday afternoon left many scratching their heads as both Mike Napoli and David Ortiz names were not there.
Price’s previous success or the lack of Ortiz and Napoli in the lineup against him worked to the Rays benefit as they jumped on him for five runs in the first inning. The inning began with back to back singles from Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts before walking Dustin Pedroia to load the bases.
In what would become a harbinger of his lack of command he was ahead in the count one ball and two strike on Mike Carp but hit him with a pitch to force in Holt from third for the Red Sox first run.
Jonny Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bogaerts from third for the Sox second run but A.J. Pierzynski stepped to the plate and launched a 3-run home on the first pitch he saw to give the Sox the early 5-0 lead.
Price settled in and delivered a gem after that fateful first inning facing one over the minimum from the 2nd through eighth innings allowing just a walk to Jonny Gomes and a single to Xander Bogaerts who was erased on a double play. At one point he had retired 14 Red Sox in a row.
His final line of eight innings five runs (all earned) on five hits striking out seven and walking two on 115 pitches (80 for strikes) may not look pretty on paper but it was marvelous to watch.
With Price shutting the Red Sox offense down he gave the Rays a chance comeback and by the end of the fifth they had clawed their way back to tie the game at 5-5.
The Rays chipped away at the lead plating their first run in the bottom of the second. With one out in the inning Brandon Guyer singled and moved to third on Desmond Jennings flare single and came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Logan Forsythe.
They cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brandon Guyer bounced a double over the head of third baseman Brock Holt and came in to score on a similar struck ball by Logan Forsythe that glanced off Holt’s glove for a single to score Guyer.
The Rays finished the comeback with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out David DeJesus singled moved to second on Evan Longoria‘s single and came in to score on a single by Matt Joyce. Jake Peavy retired James Loney on a fly out to left but left a curveball up against Brandon Guyer who doubled off the wall to score both Longoria and Joyce. It was Guyer’s third multi-hit game of his career and sets a career high with three hits in a game.
Jake Peavy was removed after six innings allowing five earned runs on eight hits striking out five and walking one. Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Edward Mujica each worked a scoreless inning.
Jake McGee came in to replace Price and work the ninth and retired the side in order for his 22nd scoreless outing in 24 appearances.
Grant Balfour came in and worked a scoreless 1oth. It was a much needed stress free eight pitch inning for Balfour.
Brad Boxberger entered the game for the Rays in the top of the 11th and worked two scoreless frame striking out four and walking one. It was his fifth straight scoreless appearance.
Cesar Ramos took over for Boxberger to begin the 13th inning and after retiring Daniel Nava to lead off the inning he had the misfortune of a well placed infield hit by Brock Holt but Ramos made a miserable decision to try to throw Holt out and threw wildly to allow Holt to move into scoring position.
He came back to strike out Jonathon Herrera for the second out and intentionally walked Dustin Pedroia to bring Mike Carp to the plate and he worked the count to his favor at 3-1 before Ramos threw a 93 mile fastball by him and got him to swing through a 85 mile slider.
He issued a leadoff walk to Jonny Gomes in the top of the 14th but retired the next three hitters without allowing Gomes to advance.
Badenhop retired the first two hitters he faced in the bottom of the 14th inning before giving way to Andrew Miller.