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Rays Benefit From Replay, Defeat Red Sox 2-1

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 [1] 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.

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Brandon Gomes [3] came in and retired Mike Napoli [4] 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 [5], the eighth by Joel Peralta [6], and Grant Balfour [7] 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 [8] 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 [9] sent a ball off the wall in left. Dustin Pedroia [10] 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 [11] who fired a bullet to Jose Molina [12] who laid a swipe tag on Pedroia who was called out.

Red Sox manager John Farrell [13] challenged the play but replay could not find a suitable angle that showed that Pedroia touched home plate.