The Rays entered another must-win game Thursday night as they rapped up a four-game series against the Red Sox. Strong Cy Young candidate David Price took the hill for the Rays and turned in yet another quality start.
Both Price and Clay Buchholz (Boston's starter) pitched very well early on in the game, as the first run wasn't scored until sixth inning. Back-to-back RBI hits from Cody Ross and Ryan Lavarnway put the Red Sox out on top 2-0 in that top of the sixth.
Then in the top of the eighth, with Wade Davis now in the game, Mauro Gomez extended Boston's lead to 3-0 with an RBI triple.
The Rays finally scored their first run of the ballgame in the bottom half of the inning as Ben Zobrist plated Desmond Jennings with a sacrifice fly.
Boston would tack on one more in the ninth via a solo home run by Jose Iglesias off of J.P. Howell, who has hit a rough patch here in September.
The bottom of the ninth is where most of the offense was at in this one. An RBI single by Carlos Pena cut the Red Sox's lead in half, and then a two-run single from Jennings tied the game.
That lead to B.J. Upton, the next batter, who blasted a three-run walk-off homer to straightaway center field.
The Rays stay alive with that thrilling victory, and are now 80-70 on the season. They unfortunately remain 5.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Notable Stat Lines:
- D. Price: 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K through 7.1 IP
- D. Jennings: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
- B.J. Upton: 2-5, R, 3 RBI
- C. Pena: 1-3, RBI, BB
- Full boxscore
Rays News and Notes:
- The Rays are now within two strikeouts of the AL team record from strikeouts in a season.
- The Rays look to continue winning as they kick-off a three-game set tonight against the Blue Jays. James Shields (14-9, 3.77) will take the mound against Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.42); first pitch 7:10 at the Trop.