Tampa Bay at Boston

Tampa Bay
W: A. Bailey (1-0) L: J. Peralta (0-1)
HR: TB - E. Longoria (1)   BOS - J. Saltalamacchia (2)

Napoli's game-winning RBI lifts Red Sox past Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- The Red Sox and Rays were making their ways out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.

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.


  • Hellickson had been 2-0 in four starts at Fenway Park.
  • Boston rookie LF Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitless in his last 20 at bats after going 0-for-3.
  • The National Anthem was sung by the Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church Choir from Boston. Among the singers was 14-year-old Gabriel Clarke, who was shot in January on his way to choir practice.
  • The Red Sox start a three-game road series against the Indians and manager Terry Francona, Boston's former manager. Felix Doubront (0-0) pitches for Boston against Ubaldo Jiminez (0-1).
  • The Rays send Roberto Hernandez (0-2) to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore with Jake Arrieta (0-0) pitching for the Orioles.
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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)
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

R. Dempster
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 2
K 10
Tampa Bay

J. Hellickson
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 9

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Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, CF4110020 .244
Ben Zobrist, RF3011110 .317
Evan Longoria, 3B4111013 .300
Matt Joyce, LF4010021 .147
Ryan Roberts, 2B4000022 .227
James Loney, 1B3000021 .172
Yunel Escobar, SS3000000 .098
Jose Lobaton, C2000010 .200
   a- Sam Fuld, PH1000000 .087
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .250
Kelly Johnson, DH2000120 .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
Jeremy Hellickson 7322191 4.91
Jake McGee 1000120 9.00
Joel Peralta (L,0-1) 0.1111100 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, CF4110001 .255
Shane Victorino, RF4001000 .313
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3100100 .311
Mike Napoli, 1B4011020 .220
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2111110 .267
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000021 .217
Stephen Drew, SS3010020 .125
Jonny Gomes, DH2000121 .158
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF3000022 .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
Ryan Dempster 72112101 2.65
Koji Uehara (H,3) 1000010 0.00
Andrew Bailey (BS,1; W,1-0) 1211020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 37449
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - John Tumpane