American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston, Game Two|
(Thursday, May 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 5
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yunel Escobar hit a go-ahead homer in the
ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a doubleheader sweep of the
Boston Red Sox with a 6-5 win on Thursday night.
Escobar hit Koji Uehara's second pitch over the Green Monster in left field
and out of the stadium and Grant Balfour pitched out of trouble in the bottom
of the ninth after giving up a leadoff double to Shane Victorino and a two-out
walk to Grady Sizemore.
Balfour froze Xander Bogaerts with a 2-2 slider for the game-ending strikeout
to earn his sixth save.
The Rays won the opener of the doubleheader 2-1 in the afternoon to snap a
three-game losing streak.
They also got a two-run homer from Sean Rodriguez and a solo shot from Desmond
Jennings in the nightcap. They tied the game on James Loney's sliced RBI
single to left field off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning, which scored
Rodriguez, who had doubled with two outs for one of his three hits.
"I'm so proud of our guys, the way they handled the entire moment," said Rays
manager Joe Maddon. "Nobody complained about anything. They just went out and
played really good baseball for 18 innings. It was pretty astounding to watch
the whole thing play out."
The Red Sox scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning after finally
solving Rays righty Chris Archer.
Jake McGee (2-0) picked up the win after pitching out of trouble in the eighth
inning. Bogaerts hit a leadoff double but was stranded at third base.
The Red Sox left 10 runners on base after stranding 11 in the first game.
"Seemingly it was the story of the day considering the number of opportunities
we gave ourselves," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Boston left-hander Felix Doubront allowed four runs -- three earned -- in six
innings, giving up five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Archer motored through the Boston lineup through four innings, giving up just
one hit -- Victorino's double in the first -- and two walks.
But things came apart in Boston's five-run fifth, even after Rodriguez made a
leaping catch at the Green Monster to rob A.J. Pierzynski with a runner on
Archer walked the bases loaded with free passes to Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks
and Jackie Bradley Jr. and hit Victorino with two outs to force in a run.
David Ortiz followed with a two-run single and Mike Napoli and Sizemore added
RBI hits to give Boston a 5-2 lead.
Sizemore's hit came off Brad Boxberger and the run was charged to Archer, who
left after giving up three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings.
The Rays pulled within 5-4 on Rodriguez's two-run blast off a left-field light
tower in the sixth. The homer scored Evan Longoria, who had reached after his
leadoff pop-up fell safely behind third baseman Middlebrooks (who got the
error) and the shortstop Bogaerts.
Earlier, Rodriguez hit a one-out double in the second inning and scored on
Loney's single through the right side to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.
Jennings made it 2-0 with his one-out blast in the third inning, knocking a
3-1 fastball into the seats on top of the Green Monster in left field.
Uehara (0-1) also gave up a single to Jennings ... The Red Sox continue an
eight-game homestand on Friday with the opener of a three-game set against
Oakland ... The Rays wrap up a 10-game road trip with three against the
Yankees in New York over the weekend. They are 3-4 on the trip.
05/02 02:14:37 ET