action:article | category:SPORTS0101 | adString:SPORTS0101 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Baseball » Red Sox/MLB

September 12. 2013 11:30PM

Rays rally to tip Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays reversed their recent skid on Thursday night, engineering a late rally to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays had lost five of their past six games as the Red Sox padded their lead in the American League East. Boston’s lead now stands at 8 1/2 games, and Tampa Bay moved within two games of the Texas Rangers for the first AL wild-card spot.

After losing what Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon referred to as the “battle of inches” the past two nights, the game swung in the Rays’ favor with two outs in the eighth inning and Evan Longoria on second base.

Rookie Wil Myers hit a fly ball that dropped just inside the foul line in right field. A few inches to the right and it would have fallen foul. A little farther to the left and it might have been caught. Instead, it found fair territory and brought home the tiebreaking run.

The Rays missed an opportunity to pad their lead in the fifth and it came back to haunt them as the Red Sox erased a two-run deficit in the sixth with an opposite-field home run by David Ortiz and Stephen Drew’s tying RBI double.

The Rays came to life in the second inning against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy. Longoria drilled a leadoff triple to right field and scored on Myers’ single up the middle, giving the Rays their first lead of the series.

Tampa Bay made it 2-0 in the third when David DeJesus walked and scored on James Loney’s double off the right-field wall.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia pulled the Red Sox within one run in the fourth, snapping his 0-for-21 skid with a solo homer to right field. But Desmond Jennings answered for the Rays in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot to left, matching a career high with his 13th homer this season.

NOTES: Rays C Jose Molina was not with the team as he traveled to St. Louis to be with his mother, Gladys, who was recovering from a surgical procedure. Molina is expected to rejoin the Rays on Friday in Minnesota.

 NH Sports Angle ╗ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: ôblessedö to have grown up in Brooklyn, now lives in Nashua

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, right, tangles with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in this 2013 file photo.

NH-based insurer sues NHL to limit its defense in players concussion lawsuits

A's claim former Fisher Cat Marcus Walden

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity


Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory