Rays - 100 000 210 - 4 8 0 Red Sox - 000 012 000 - 3 6 0The Red Sox had the potential tying run at second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Young walked, but pinch-hitter Sandy Leon looked at three straight strikes to end the game. (Note: Strike two was actually out of the zone.) Evan Longoria's home run off Clay Buchholz in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and gave Tampa Bay its margin of victory.
Tampa Bay scored an early run off Drew Pomeranz (6.2-5-3-2-8, 101) and Hanley Ramirez tied the game in the fifth with a home run down around the Pesky Pole. Boston took the lead in the sixth when Dustin Pedroia walked with one out and went to third on Xander Bogaerts's double. David Ortiz's sac fly brought in one run and Ramirez's single made it 3-1.
As has been a long-standing habit this year, a Red Sox pitcher could not hold a newly-received lead. Pomeranz allowed a leadoff single and got the next two outs, but gave up a home run to left-center to the Rays' 9th-place hitter, Luke Maile, on a 1-2 count.
The Red Sox went down in order in the seventh and eighth. Ramirez singled with one out in the ninth and, with two outs, took second on a passed ball. Young walked and Leon was called out on strikes.
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with two RBI. ... Travis Shaw was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. ... Craig Kimbrel needed 22 pitches to get through the ninth; he allowed two hits.