A day after the Red Sox and the Rays had a brawl in the 9th, many wondered if there would be drama, retaliation and fireworks in the game. There was no drama, no retaliation, however there was fireworks and the first Sox walkoff to end the game!
Josh Beckett took the mound and once again had a pretty gosh darn good outing on the mound. Josh didn’t seem concerned with which Rays pitcher to plunk, instead he seemed concerned with getting outs. David Price seemed intent on the same and both were pitching scoreless inning after inning. Beckett didn’t give up a run until the 7th inning. He gave up 2 singles and then a sac fly to Zobrist. Beckett then gave up a single to Luke Scott. Sox 1-2. Rodriguez ended up reaching on an error from Middlebrooks, but that wouldn’t end up costing Beckett since he K’ed Molina to end the inning. The Sox were down 1-2 and Beckett was possibly looking at a loss, however you couldn’t complain about the way he was pitching. His pitching line for the night was 91 pitches, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 Ks. Beckett’s ERA dropped under 4 for a wee bit, but after allowing the 2 runs to score his ERA is 4.15. However, in his last 3 outings Beckett’s ERA is 1.25. He’s been the ace we have been looking for. I would have to think you’d be hard pressed to find people wanting to trade or release Beckett these days. Beckett was followed by Miller in the 8th and Rich Hill in the 9th. Both pitched a scoreless inning and kept the Sox in the game.
David Price looked on his game as well. The Sox bats weren’t able to get anything going against Price until the 6th inning when they scored a run from a single from Middlebrooks. Sox 1-0. Price pitched 7 strong innings and when he left the game he was clinging to a 1 run lead. Peralta pitched a scoreless 8th inning and then the usually locked in Rays closer Fernando Rodney took the mound in the 9th. Nava got a leadoff walk to start the inning. Punto came on to pinch hit for Shoppach and put down a pretty good bunt to move Nava to second. Then Saltalamacchia came into the game to pinch hit for Marlon Byrd. Shoppach hit a homer to center field and the RED SOX WON! It was the first Sox walk off of the season. It was also Rodney’s first blown save of the season.
Red Sox win! Water is dirty and the Sox are once again back at 500!
Red Sox 3 Rays 2 BOXSCORE
WP: Hill (1-0) LP: Rodney (2-1)