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Red Sox blow six-run lead, finally finish off Rays in 14th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Lackey insisted he meant no harm, though the Tampa Bay Rays hardly were convinced of that after a testy game with Boston that included a bench-clearing scrum.

Daniel Nava hit a tiebreaking single in the 14th inning and the Red Sox recovered after blowing two late leads to beat Tampa Bay 10-8 on Monday night in a game that took 5 hours, 24 minutes -- making it the second-longest in Rays history.

But the hot topic afterward was Lackey's sixth-inning pitch that hit Matt Joyce in the middle of the back.

Joyce had hit a home run earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands. The Rays outfielder shouted at Lackey after getting plunked but was restrained by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as players from both teams streamed out of the dugouts and bullpens.

"I was just trying to come in there and get him off the plate a little bit," Lackey said. "They were swinging at pretty much everything I threw up there. I was trying to get a little bit of the plate for me."

Joyce and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon felt the pitch was intentional.

"As far as I understood, he was pretty upset that I dropped my bat on the 3-0 swing," said Joyce, who eventually grounded out in that at-bat.

"I was actually pretty upset at myself," for not hitting such a good pitch, Joyce said. "Honestly, I felt like it was a pretty bush league move. I think it was very obvious. I'd really rather not get too much into it, but obviously I wasn't too happy about it."

There was pushing and shoving along the first base line, but it appeared no punches were thrown and the umpires did not eject anyone.

Boston manager John Farrell defended Lackey.

"He was trying to throw the ball in, off the plate, obviously. There was no intent to hit him," Farrell said. "Their guys took some good swings tonight on Lackey's fastball, and he was just trying to create a little openness on the outside of the plate and obviously the pitch got away from him."

Madden, meanwhile, said what Lackey did was "inappropriate."

"It all started because Matt hit a home run in the first inning and then apparently Lackey did not like the fact that he swung at a 3-0 pitch and almost hit another home run. So he intentionally hit him. There's no question in my mind he did," said Maddon, who has been friends with the Boston pitcher since both were in the Angels organization.

"And the sad part is I've always considered Lackey a good teammate," Maddon added. "But right there he could get one of his own players hurt. ... That's being a bad teammate as far as I'm concerned."

Shane Victorino opened the 14th with a single off Cesar Ramos (1-2), then tagged up and hustled to second when Dustin Pedroia flied out to deep right field. David Ortiz was intentionally walked before Nava singled to center to put the Red Sox ahead. Saltalamacchia singled for his fourth hit, making it 10-8.

Franklin Morales (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Saltalamacchia gave the Red Sox an 8-6 lead with a two-run single in the 10th, but closer Andrew Bailey couldn't hold it.

After Jose Lobaton led off the bottom of the 10th with Tampa Bay's fourth solo home run, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs on two walks and Ben Zobrist's fifth hit.

Bailey walked Kelly Johnson on a 3-2 pitch -- forcing in the tying run -- but escaped further damage when Evan Longoria grounded into a 5-2-3 double play and Sam Fuld was thrown out trying to bunt for a potential game-winning hit.

Pedroia singled to extend his season-best hitting streak to 14 games and drive in the first two runs of a six-run first inning against Alex Cobb, who settled down after the rocky start to give the Rays a chance to come back against Lackey.

Pedroia drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and scored when Saltalamacchia singled off Fernando Rodney to give the Red Sox a second lead they couldn't hold.

Longoria, Joyce and James Loney hit solo home runs for the Rays, the latter trimming Boston's lead to 6-5 in the seventh. Yunel Escobar doubled and later scored on Junichi Tazawa's wild pitch to make it 6-6 in the eighth.

Luke Scott and Zobrist also drove in runs for the Rays, who managed to overcome the big deficit despite going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position through nine innings.

Nava, Mike Carp and Will Middlebrooks also drove in runs in the first for Boston, which turned seven hits and a walk into a quick 6-0 lead.

The first-place Red Sox improved to 6-1 against the fourth-place Rays, who fell five games off the pace in the AL East. Boston has won eight of 11 to climb a season-best 15 games over .500 at 40-25.

The first eight batters of the game reached base for Boston, which scored six runs before Cobb was able to get an out. The Rays starter didn't allow another hit, though, and Tampa Bay gradually crept back into the game.

Lackey allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, departing with a 6-4 lead.

Cobb lasted four innings, allowing six runs and seven hits.

Notes

  • Rays LHP David Price, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 with a left triceps strain, said he felt as good as he has all year after throwing 45 pitches in a bullpen session. The plan is for the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to throw again Wednesday, then pitch a simulated game on Saturday. If all goes well, he would then begin a minor league rehab stint and possibly return to the rotation late this month or in early July.
  • Boston RHP Clay Buchholz could have his next start pushed back at least a couple of days. Buchholz, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, left his last start in the seventh inning with what the Red Sox called "neck tightness." Farrell said the right-hander might not be ready to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session on Wednesday. His next scheduled start is Friday.
  • The Red Sox reinstated Middlebrooks (lower back strain) from the DL before the game.
 
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Tension between the Red Sox and Rays flares in the sixth inning, but is quelled almost as quickly as it escalates.  (USATSI)
Tension between the Red Sox and Rays flares in the sixth inning, but is quelled almost as quickly as it escalates. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 7
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 7
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6120122 .280
Shane Victorino, RF6220102 .283
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5212222 .331
David Ortiz, DH4100311 .314
    Jose Iglesias, PR-DH0100000 .446
Daniel Nava, LF-1B6222111 .300
Mike Carp, 1B5122022 .322
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF2000012 .207
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C7043021 .285
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7011024 .199
Stephen Drew, SS6010042 .232
Totals54101510817  
a-struck out for Carp in the 12th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (5, Cobb), Daniel Nava (11, Cobb), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (17, Cobb)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (37), Daniel Nava 2 (42), Mike Carp 2 (22), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 3 (28), Will Middlebrooks (22)
2-OUT RBI - Jarrod Saltalamacchia 3 (13)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (26, 2nd base off Farnsworth/Lobaton, 3rd base off Farnsworth/Lobaton), Dustin Pedroia (9, 3rd base off Rodney/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Middlebrooks-Saltalamacchia-Carp, Pedroia-Drew-Nava
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey 5.21044122 3.14
Craig Breslow (H,3) 0.1000010 2.12
Andrew Miller (H,5) 0.2111001 3.38
Junichi Tazawa (BS,3) 1.1211000 2.51
Clayton Mortensen 1100010 5.34
Andrew Bailey (BS,2) 1222301 2.33
Koji Uehara 2000010 2.39
Franklin Morales (W,2-0) 2100120 7.04
HBP - Joyce (by John Lackey)
WP - Junichi Tazawa (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 93-61, Craig Breslow 5-3, Andrew Miller 6-4, Junichi Tazawa 20-12, Clayton Mortensen 15-12, Andrew Bailey 32-17, Koji Uehara 16-13, Franklin Morales 35-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-8, Junichi Tazawa 2-2, Andrew Bailey 2-0, Koji Uehara 1-4, Franklin Morales 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 29, Craig Breslow 1, Andrew Miller 3, Junichi Tazawa 6, Clayton Mortensen 4, Andrew Bailey 7, Koji Uehara 6, Franklin Morales 7
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, RF-LF5111105 .251
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF7151020 .274
Kelly Johnson, LF-1B6011123 .257
Evan Longoria, 3B7121013 .305
James Loney, 1B5121003 .327
    Sean Rodriguez, PR-1B0000000 .246
   a- Sam Fuld, PH-LF1000002 .190
   b- Ryan Roberts, PH-2B0000100 .238
Luke Scott, DH7001012 .215
Desmond Jennings, CF7020013 .247
Jose Lobaton, C7221002 .294
Yunel Escobar, SS5220201 .254
Totals57817757  
a-grounded out for S. Rodriguez in the 10th
b-walked for Fuld in the 13th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist 2 (16, Lackey, Tazawa), Yunel Escobar (11, Tazawa)
HR - Matt Joyce (11, Lackey), Evan Longoria (11, Lackey), James Loney (8, Miller), Jose Lobaton (3, Bailey)
RBI - Matt Joyce (27), Ben Zobrist (36), Kelly Johnson (37), Evan Longoria (37), James Loney (34), Luke Scott (20), Jose Lobaton (14)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (19)
SB - Desmond Jennings (8, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Loney, Longoria-Loney, Escobar-Zobrist-Johnson
E - James Loney (4, Missed catch of throw)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb 4766340 2.95
Alex Torres 2200040 0.00
Joel Peralta 1000100 1.84
Jake McGee 1000020 6.17
Fernando Rodney 1.2122230 4.94
Jamey Wright 1000120 3.82
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1000010 6.75
Cesar Ramos (L,1-2) 3522110 4.15
IBB - Ortiz by Cesar Ramos
WP - Alex Cobb (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 98-60, Alex Torres 32-26, Joel Peralta 9-4, Jake McGee 16-10, Fernando Rodney 33-18, Jamey Wright 24-13, Kyle Farnsworth 8-5, Cesar Ramos 44-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 5-2, Alex Torres 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Jake McGee 1-0, Fernando Rodney 2-0, Cesar Ramos 1-6
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 21, Alex Torres 8, Joel Peralta 3, Jake McGee 3, Fernando Rodney 8, Jamey Wright 4, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Cesar Ramos 14
Game Information
Attendance - 15477
Game Time - 5:24
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi