The Rays fell to the Boston Red Sox 9-8 in 14 innings in a game that featured a 6-run comeback by the Rays to tie the game in the 8th and a 2-run comeback to come back and tie the game in the 10th. Cesar Ramos  (1-2, 4.15 ERA) took the loss and the Rays record falls to 34-29 and Franklin Morales  (2-0, 7.04 ERA) earned the victory improving the Red Sox record to 40-25.
The game was the second longest in Rays history at 5 hours and 24 minutes and the loss will be a hard pill to swallow and will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Rays fans for a long time. The evening was frustrating and included a benches clearing melee sparked by John Lackey  intentionally hitting Matt Joyce and the inability for the Rays to get a key hit from their offense as they went 3-16 with runners in scoring position (entering the game first in AL with .307 average). It is one of those games that will bring the Joe Maddon  doubters out of the woodwork and any positives from the game will erased by the end result. So be prepared for a full dose of “who lost this game” on the air waves, social media, and blogosphere. The answers will range from Luke Scott  (0 fro 7), Joe Maddon (questionable moves), and Evan Longoria  (failure with bases loaded and nobody out).
The Rays took the field and the first pitch was delivered at 7:12 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m. the first 8 Red Sox hitters had reached based against Alex Cobb  and 6 had scored and by the time the inning had ended Cobb had to make 38 pitches. After the shaky beginning Cobb settled down and gave the Rays 3 scoreless innings of relief allowing the Rays to cut into the Red Sox lead.
Alex Cobb  either had little control of his breaking ball, was tipping his pitches, or the Red Sox advanced scouts had done a really good job preparing their hitters. On the evening Cobb worked a season low 4 innings allowing 6R/ER on 7 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3.
Where to begin? Rays Trail 6-0
The Rays offense got things started with the very first batter to come to the plate. Matt Joyce got the Rays on the board with a lead off home run and Evan Longoria  hit a solo home run to cut the Red Sox lead to 6-2.
Pressure Situation 2nd Inning: Rays Trail 6-2
With 2-out in the bottom of the second the Rays had runners on 1st and 3rd and Matt Joyce at the plate. The count went to 3-0 and Joyce had the green light and sent a long smash down the line in right that went foul before grounding out to end the inning. As Lackey walked off the mound he was having an animated discussion with someone in the Rays dugout.
Pressure Situation 3rd Inning: Rays Score One To Cut Lead To 6-3 But Leave Runners In Scoring Position
The Rays loaded the bases with nobody out in the 3rd inning and James Loney  sent a scorcher that found Mike Carp ‘s glove to possibly save 3 runs. Luke Scott  followed with a fielders choice that drove in a run to cut the Red Sox lead to 6-3. With 2-out and runners on the corners Desmond Jennings  struck out.
Pressure Situation 4th Inning: Rays Add Another Run To Pull To 6-4 But Leave Runners In Scoring Position
Yunel Escobar  and Jose Lobaton  opened the inning with singles and Lobaton came in to score the Rays 4th run on a 1-out single by Ben Zobrist . The Rays used aggressive base running to advance both Yunel Escobar  and Ben Zobrist  to 2nd and 3rd on a Kelly Johnson  fly out to give Evan Longoria  a chance to deliver a key 2-out hit but he lined out left field to end the inning.
Pressure Situation #4: All Hell Breaks Lose, Rays Trail 6-4
With 2-out and nobody on base Matt Joyce stepped to the plate and John Lackey  hit him right between the shoulder blades. Joyce pointed to the mound and told Lackey that was bullsh*t and Lackey said “I didn’t mean to hit you”…Joyce reiterated that he felt it was bulsh*t as both benches cleared. After order was resumed Ben Zobrist  hit a double into the right field corner but 3rd base coach Tom Foley  held Joyce at 3rd. With 2-runners and scoring position and 2-out Kelly Johnson  had a chance to deliver the key hit to cut into the Red Sox lead but struck out against Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow .
Rays Pressure 7th Inning: James Loney  Crushes Homer To Cut Lead To 6-5
James Loney  came to the plate against Red Sox left hander Andrew Miller  and crushed a home run to right for his 8th home run on the season and his 3rd home run off left handed pitching this season.
Rays Pressure 8th Inning: Rays Tie Game At 6-6 On Wild Pitch; Zobrist Left In Scoring Position
Yunel Escobar  doubled with 1-out in the bottom of the 8th and moved to 3rd on a ground out to 2b. Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa  uncorked a wild pitch and Escobar aggressively came in to score the tying run. Ben Zobrist  followed with a double but Kelly Johnson  popped the ball up toward the pitchers mound. Dustin Pedroia  came in to make a diving catch.
Red Sox Regain The Lead 8-6 In 10th Inning
After a questionable decision to pinch run Sean Rodriguez  in the 9th inning for James Loney  and then never have Rodriguez attempt to steal second, especially with 2-out, Joe Maddon  made several decisions that many will question. The first was bringing Fernando Rodney  out for a second inning of work. Then Rodney walks the leadoff hitter Dustin Pedroia  and Jamey Wright  is warming in the bullpen but is not brought into the game.
With Pedroia at first David Ortiz  sent a slow roller to Ben Zobrist whose momentum was carrying him toward 2nd base but he decided to throw Ortiz out and allow Pedroia to take second. With a 3-ball count to Daniel Nava  Rodney never looked at Pedroia who stole third on the ball 4 pitch.
Fernando Rodney  came back to strike out Mike Carp  for the second out to bring up Jarrod Saltalamacchia . The Rays allowed Nava to advance to second on indifference which put an extra run in scoring position for the Red Sox. Saltalamacchia made the Rays pay for the decision as he laced a single to score both runners and give the Red Sox a 8-6 lead.
Rays Pressure 10th Inning: Tie Game But Failed To Deliver Key Hit With Bases Loaded And Nobody Out
The Red Sox inserted their closer Andrew Bailey  into the game and Jose Lobaton  greeted him with a solo home run to cut the Red Sox lead to 8-7. After the home run Bailey seemed to lose control and issued back to back walks to Yunel Escobar  and Matt Joyce. Ben Zobrist followed with a hard single to right to load the bases for Kelly Johnson  who drew a walk to tie the game at 8-8 and leave the bases loaded for Evan Longoria .
Longoria sent a 1-hopper to Will Middlebrooks  at 3rd base who threw home for the first out and Saltalamacchia threw to 1st to get the double play. With runners on the corner and 2-out Sam Fuld  was called on to pinch hit for Sean Rodriguez . Fuld attempted a bunt and got it by Bailey but Dustin Pedroia  came charging in to make an outstanding defensive play to once again save the game for the Red Sox.
Red Sox Tack On 2 Runs In 14th
Cesar Ramos  was forced into duty after working 3 innings in Sunday’s 10-7 after Kyle Farnsworth  suffered an arm injury after working the 12th inning. He worked into the 14th inning before allowing RBI singles to Daniel Nava  and Jarrod Saltalamacchia  to give the Red Sox their final two runs.
The Rays and Red Sox will play the middle game of their series later tonight at 7:10. The Rays will send Roberto Hernandez  (3-6, 5.03 ERA) to the mound against the Red Sox Ace Jon Lester  (6-2, 3.60 ERA).Tempers Flare, Rays Fall To Red Sox 10-8 In 14 Innings by Steve Kinsella