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BOSTON -- Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk's ceremonial first pitch honoring a memorable Fenway Park moment.
Then he made one of his own about three hours later.
Fisk's moment that was honored was his homer off the left-field foul pole to end Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Saltalamacchia caught the former Red Sox catcher and had a chance to chat.
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"I said to him, 'Do you remember that swing?' He said, 'I wake up some nights and still get goose bumps,"' Saltalamacchia said. "I know how he felt. I'm going to remember the swing."
"Go talk to Salty. He deserves to be at the center [of attention]," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said as he left the podium from his postgame news conference.
Rodney (2-1) had converted his first 15 save chances.
"We were saying, 'He's going to blow his first one.' Positive thinking," said Adrian Gonzalez, who watched in the clubhouse after coming out for a pinch runner in the sixth.
Rodney said he just missed badly with a pitch.
"I know someday that's going to happen to me. But that happened tonight," he said. "Tomorrow is the next day, so I'm going to keep working my routine."
Rays manager Joe Maddon gave Rodney a high-five and a big hug before the right-hander went to the shower.
"Fernando's been fabulous and he's going to continue to be fabulous for us," Maddon said. "No, I'm not concerned about him at all. He had great stuff."
Rich Hill (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.
A night after the teams had a testy benches-clearing scrum in the ninth inning that turned into an exchange of words between the managers, the teams played a taught game highlighted by the pitching of aces Josh Beckett and David Price -- and a throw by B.J. Upton.
Boston's Beckett and Tampa Bay's Price each pitched seven impressive inning.
Price scattered eight hits -- seven singles -- struck out five and walked three in a 115-pitch effort.
Despite pregame accusations by Valentine that the Rays' coaches were "unprofessional" for their actions and that they "were agitating, aggravating, and instigating the situation," this game had no sign of the testiness that came late in Friday's 7-4 win by the Rays when the benches cleared after Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales hit Scott in the right leg.
Trailing 1-0 and with only one single against Beckett in the first six innings, the Rays collected three hits and grabbed a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly tied it after Upton singled and advanced on Matt Joyce's single. Scott then followed with his run-scoring single through a shifted infield. Beckett did end the inning by striking out Jose Molina.
Price got David Ortiz, the final batter he faced, on a bouncer to short with runners on first and third.
Beckett gave up two runs, four hits, while striking out five and not walking anyone. He had won his last two starts, allowing just one run in 14 2/3 innings.
Boston had taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth. After Pedroia was cut down at the plate by center fielder Upton's throw on Gonzalez's single, Middlebrooks hit a hard grounder up the middle that took a tough hop on second baseman Sean Rodriguez, who was near the edge of the grass and behind the bag.
Pedroia had walked leading off and moved to second when Ortiz singled through a shifted infield to left.
|Boston starter Josh Beckett earns a no-decision after giving up just four hits over seven innings of work. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.213|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.303|
|Matt Joyce, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.282|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.210|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.236|
|Drew Sutton, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.400|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Jose Molina, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.179|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|SF - Ben Zobrist (2)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (18), Luke Scott (32)|
|SB - Ben Zobrist (4, 2nd base off Hill/Shoppach), Luke Scott (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1|
|DP - Johnson-S. Rodriguez-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Joel Peralta (H,13)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.64|
|Fernando Rodney (BS,1; L,2-1)||0.1||1||2||2||1||0||1||1.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 115-70, Joel Peralta 12-9, Fernando Rodney 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 9-5, Fernando Rodney 1-0|
|Batters Faced - David Price 30, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.295|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.309|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.234|
|Adrian Gonzalez, RF||3||0||1||0||0||2||4||.269|
|Che-Hsuan Lin, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Scott Podsednik, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.306|
|Daniel Nava, LF||2||1||0||0||2||1||3||.311|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|b- Nick Punto, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.135|
|Marlon Byrd, CF-RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.201|
|c- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.274|
|a-popped out for Lin in the 8th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Shoppach in the 9th|
|c-homered for Byrd in the 9th|
|2B - Kelly Shoppach (6, Price)|
|HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8, Rodney)|
|SH - Kelly Shoppach (2), Nick Punto (1)|
|RBI - Will Middlebrooks (18), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Will Middlebrooks (9)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Will Middlebrooks (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Rich Hill (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 91-69, Andrew Miller 13-8, Rich Hill 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 8-9, Andrew Miller 1-1, Rich Hill 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Andrew Miller 3, Rich Hill 4|
|Attendance - 38099|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Mark Carlson|