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"He hung me a changeup and normally he buries that pitch, and he left it up," Middlebrooks said.
Middlebrooks lined a shot to left on a 1-2 pitch from Rodney (1-2) with the base loaded, giving the Red Sox the lead. Rodney, who blew just two saves last year, is 7 for 10 in save opportunities this year.
"This game is difficult," Rodney said. "Sometimes when you think you've got it in your hands, it's gone. That's how I'm feeling tonight. Sometimes you lose control for a little bit, and you can find your way back to finish that inning."
After walking Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, Rodney struck out Mike Napoli before loading the bases with a walk to Daniel Nava. Stephen Drew struck out, but Middlebrooks then came up with his bases-clearing hit.
"The approach by everybody in the ninth inning ... we took some close pitches," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We load the bases via the walk. Even though we're going up against a guy that's got tremendous stuff, there was no give up, there was not letdown."
Rodney finished with four walks, which is a career high.
The Red Sox had been 0-12 when trailing after eight innings.
"Awesome ... get us some momentum," Middlebrooks said.
Felix Doubront gave up two runs, three hits, six walks and had seven strikeouts over five-plus innings for the Red Sox, who are 6-9 in May. He threw 104 pitches, including 54 strikes.
Doubront pitched once in relief since his last start May 3 as the Red Sox have worked on the left-hander's delivery. His 1-0 pitch in the third to Luke Scott slipped out his hand and ended up in foul territory between home and first.
"I felt a lot better," Doubront said.
Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb allowed one run and three hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Cobb struck out 13 in 4 2-3 innings last Friday night against San Diego, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning.
The Rays went up 3-1 in the sixth on RBI singles by Desmond Jennings and Scott.
Before the game, Tampa Bay put AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain and recalled left-hander Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham. The Rays are hopeful that Price, who departed in the third inning of Wednesday night's game against Boston, will only miss two or three starts.
Doubront was pulled after walking Loney to start the sixth. Clayton Mortensen entered, got an out before issuing a pair of walks to load the bases. Desmond Jennings then singled to put Tampa Bay up 2-1.
Andrew Miller replaced Mortensen and allowed Scott's run-scoring single that made it 3-1.
Ryan Roberts gave the Rays a 1-0 advantage on his homer in the second.
Cobb retired his first 10 batters, including four on strikeouts, before Shane Victorino doubled down the right field line with one out in the fourth. Victorino scored to tie it at 1 on Ortiz's two-out single.
Victorino left after the eighth with lower back tightness.
"We'll check him tomorrow," Farrell said. "He's a little banged up right now."
Ortiz has 69 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which ranks second behind Manny Ramirez's 72 for the most by a visiting player.
|Boston's Will Middlebrooks knocks a three-run double off closer Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.249|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.340|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.326|
|Pedro Ciriaco, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||3||3||.256|
|Daniel Nava, LF-RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.278|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.235|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||3||0||1||3||1||0||1||.211|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.248|
|2B - Shane Victorino (4, Cobb), Will Middlebrooks (11, Rodney)|
|RBI - David Ortiz (22), Will Middlebrooks 3 (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (6), Will Middlebrooks 3 (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Junichi Tazawa (W,3-2)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 104-54, Clayton Mortensen 20-9, Andrew Miller 10-9, Craig Breslow 9-6, Junichi Tazawa 25-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 2-6, Clayton Mortensen 1-0, Andrew Miller 1-0, Craig Breslow 3-0, Junichi Tazawa 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 24, Clayton Mortensen 4, Andrew Miller 3, Craig Breslow 3, Junichi Tazawa 8|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||5||0||1||1||0||2||0||.241|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||3||1||1||0||0||.316|
|Sam Fuld, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||3||0||0||0||2||2||5||.241|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||1||5||.327|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.207|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||7||.367|
|Sean Rodriguez, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.264|
|a- Matt Joyce, PH-LF||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Jose Lobaton, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.258|
|Jose Molina, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.253|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for S. Rodriguez in the 6th|
|HR - Ryan Roberts (3, Doubront)|
|RBI - Desmond Jennings (12), Luke Scott (9), Ryan Roberts (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts (2)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jake McGee (H,8)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||8.80|
|Joel Peralta (H,10)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.96|
|Fernando Rodney (BS,3; L,1-2)||0.2||1||3||3||4||2||0||5.28|
|WP - Jake McGee (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 92-56, Jake McGee 13-8, Joel Peralta 8-6, Fernando Rodney 35-16, Alex Torres 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 7-6, Jake McGee 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-2, Alex Torres 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 24, Jake McGee 2, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 7, Alex Torres 1|
|Attendance - 16055|
|Game Time - 3:43|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|