Rays - 100 010 000 0 - 2 4 1 Red Sox - 000 010 100 1 - 3 8 1A.J. Pierzynski tripled to deep center with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning, scoring Jonny Gomes with the winning run on a soggy night at Fenway. Pierzynski's ball should have been caught, but right fielder Wil Myers collided with center fielder Desmond Jennings, and the ball bounced behind them.
The Red Sox (25-29) won their fifth consecutive game - and second straight walk-off victory - and gained another game on the first-place Blue Jays. They are now 6 GB with 108 games remaining.
Gomes was on first base because he had been hit by a Juan Carlos Oviedo pitch. Gomes was the third Boston batter to be plunked in the game. When Rays starter David Price drilled David Ortiz in the first inning, it was obvious to everyone that it was intentional (related back to the Yunel Escobar-David Ross-Gomes shouting match last week).
Home plate umpire Dan Bellino immediately issued warnings to both teams. Price went on to hit Mike Carp and Gomes was hit in the 10th inning, but Bellino let those HBPs slide. Bellino did see fit, however, to eject Brandon Workman (5.2-4-2-3-4, 89) for not hitting a batter (his sixth-inning pitch sailed behind Evan Longoria). Bellino also tossed manager John Farrell, first base coach (and first acting manager) Torey Lovullo, and third base coach (and second acting manager) Brian Butterfield. Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn was the acting manager at the end of the game.
After the game, David Ortiz called Price "a little bitch" and said he had lost all respect for the Rays lefty. "It's a war," Ortiz added. "It's on."
Xander Bogaerts collected three hits for the third straight game. He scored Boston's first run in the fifth and drove in the game-tying run with a double in the seventh inning.
Holt, 3BXander Bogaerts has reached base safely 83 times - 55 hits, 23 walks, 5 HBP - the most by Red Sox rookie prior to June over the last 100 years. ... In his last 15 games, Bogaerts is hitting .390/.455/.593/1.048.