Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli's double off the Green Monster
brought home the winning run, as the Boston Red Sox earned a Patriots' Day win
with a 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
Dustin Pedroia reached base with a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth and
sprinted all the way around when Napoli ripped a Joel Peralta (0-1) fastball
off the wall. The Red Sox swept the rain-shortened three-game set and have won
five of their last seven.
Andrew Bailey (1-0) entered in the top of the ninth trying to lock down the
save, but allowed the tying run to score on Ben Zobrist's RBI single. He
retired the next three batters in order.
Jacoby Ellsbury had a triple with a run scored and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added
a solo homer in the victory.
Boston's starting pitching has been magnificent so far, and for the 12th
straight game allowed less than three runs. Ryan Dempster had been in line for
his first win after striking out 10 over seven innings and allowing just two
His only real blemish came when he surrendered a solo homer to Evan Longoria.
Jeremy Hellickson struck out nine and allowed just two runs on three hits in
seven innings, but got hardly any support from Tampa Bay's sputtering offense.
The struggling Rays, losers in six of seven, managed just four hits and have
scored only six runs in their last five games. Nearly no-hit by Boston's Clay
Buchholz on Sunday, Tampa Bay has just seven hits over its last 18 innings.
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