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The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning on Monday in Boston's traditional Patriots' Day morning game.
The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway -- but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.
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The players seemed unaware of the explosions as they were interviewed by reporters. In the Red Sox room, they dressed in suits and ties for their trip to Cleveland, where they're scheduled to start a three-game series against the Indians on Tuesday night.
A team spokesman sent a text message saying the team had reached the airport. And Tampa Bay manager tweeted a few hours after the game: "Just landed safely in Baltimore. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims & the families affected by this afternoon's horrible event."
The game sent the Red Sox fans home happy - at least for a while.
With the scored tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall in the ninth inning that scored Dustin Pedroia from first with eh winning run.
"I was a little out front but I was able to keep my hands back," Napoli said. "My body went a little forward [and] I just kind of flicked my wrist at it."
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whose solo homer in the fifth had given Boston a 2-1 lead, had a good view from the on-deck circle.
"It was awesome, a strong man to be able to hit a ball one handed out in front like that and just hit it off the top of the wall," he said, "but it's huge, a guy with that much power, it's a threat and it's nice to have that in our lineup."
Napoli, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, has been batting fourth while designated hitter David Ortiz recovers from Achilles' tendon soreness. He is on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket and could return shortly.
Left fielder Matt Joyce had a tough time handling the bounce off the Green Monster.
"I thought the ball would be off the wall so I tried to take the best angle to it," Joyce said. "It was one of those things where you rush and can't get it out of your glove. Then, when that tends to happen, you try to force the issue and the ball goes a little high."
The Rays had two hits before finally showing some offensive punch in the ninth when Desmond Jennings led off with a single, stole second and scored the tying run on a single by Ben Zobrist off Andrew Bailey (1-0).
Joel Peralta (0-1) retired Boston's first batter in the bottom of the ninth before walking Pedroia. Napoli then ended it.
The Red Sox had lost all three of their previous Patriots' Day games against Tampa Bay.
"Hopefully they'll invite us back next year and we can get back on a streak," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
It was also Jackie Robinson Day around the majors.
All uniformed team personnel wore the number 42 on their uniforms in recognition of Robinson, marking the 66th anniversary of his breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
|Mike Napoli's ninth-inning double drives in the winning run for the Red Sox to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.244|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.317|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.300|
|Matt Joyce, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.147|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.227|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.172|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.098|
|Jose Lobaton, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|a- Sam Fuld, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.087|
|Jose Molina, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Kelly Johnson, DH||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.185|
|a-grounded out for Lobaton in the 8th|
|HR - Evan Longoria (1, Dempster)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (10), Evan Longoria (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (1)|
|SB - Desmond Jennings (4, 2nd base off Bailey/Saltalamacchia), Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Lobaton-Roberts|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Joel Peralta (L,0-1)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||3.60|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 103-66, Jake McGee 27-15, Joel Peralta 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 4-7|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 24, Jake McGee 4, Joel Peralta 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||.313|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.311|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.220|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||2||1||1||1||1||1||0||.267|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.217|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.125|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.158|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.097|
|2B - Mike Napoli (4, Peralta), Stephen Drew (1, Hellickson)|
|3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (3, Hellickson)|
|HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2, Hellickson)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino (7), Mike Napoli (11), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4)|
|CS - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, 2nd base by Hellickson/Lobaton)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Koji Uehara (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Andrew Bailey (BS,1; W,1-0)||1||2||1||1||0||2||0||1.69|
|WP - Ryan Dempster (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 101-63, Koji Uehara 12-9, Andrew Bailey 26-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-5, Koji Uehara 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 24, Koji Uehara 3, Andrew Bailey 5|
|Attendance - 37449|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - John Tumpane|