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Gomes hits walk-off as Red Sox cap DH sweep of Rays

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox had just enough energy left to celebrate Jonny Gomes' big swing.

Gomes hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, completing a doubleheader sweep.

Daniel Nava was aboard on a leadoff walk when Gomes followed with a towering shot off Joel Peralta (1-3) that cleared the Green Monster and bounced off the sign just to the right of the foul pole.

Gomes' fifth homer rescued Andrew Bailey (3-0), who yielded a tying homer to Kelly Johnson in the top half of the inning. It also came at the end of a very long day, which started at 1 p.m. with Boston's 5-1 win in the opener, which was delayed almost three hours by rain.

"Long day at the yard. Two wins kind sums it all up," said Gomes, who connected on the first pitch he saw from Joel Peralta (1-3).

The Red Sox poured out of the dugout to congratulate Gomes when he reached home plate.

Nava also homered in the second and Felix Doubront pitched eight shutout innings for Boston in the night game. Doubront struck out six and held the Rays to three singles.

Doubront retired his last 17 batters, but Boston manager John Farrell decided to go to Bailey for the ninth. It was the longest outing of Doubront's career.

Johnson greeted Bailey with a drive to right on a 1-0 pitch. Ben Zobrist walked with two outs, but Evan Longoria grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

"We've got a really good team here and the sign of a good team is guys picking each other up," said Bailey, who got his eighth save Saturday despite allowing two runs at Baltimore in the ninth. "Nava's at-bat and Jonny's swing obviously got us the win and ultimately that's what matters. I've got to figure out what I'm going thru but these guys are grinding every day and we'll get through it."

The ending was decidedly different from the first game, when Boston led 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth when a downpour arrived and put everything on hold for two hours, 59 minutes. The Red Sox added one more run before the game came to an end more than six hours after it began.

The two teams got a break of about 45 minutes before Game 2 started.

"Long day, but no excuses. It's long for both sides," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Two really closely contested games. They've beaten us this year in close games and that's why we're in the position we're in and that's why they're in the position that they're in, very simply."

Highly touted prospect Wil Myers made his major league debut for the Rays after he was called up from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day. He went hitless in the opener, then singled to left in his first at-bat of the second game for his first hit.

"It was awesome. It was a very cool experience. Everybody congratulated me on it," said Myers, who started both games in right field. "It was long, obviously, but it was awesome. It was everything I expected it to be. It was just a very exciting experience for me."

David Ortiz drove in three runs in the opener, and Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched five solid innings for his third straight win. Aceves overcame early control problems, allowing one run and three hits.

The first game was marked by the lengthy delay, prolonging a game that had already been postponed April 12 because of rain.

"If you really put the hours into it, from the time it was first scheduled until the last out today, that's a pretty long game," Maddon said.

Long enough that Maddon grabbed a nap in his office after the downpour began and the field was cleared at 2:58 p.m. EDT.

The Red Sox invited fans who stuck out Tuesday's first game to return for the second for free. The opener ended after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time for the nightcap -- by that point, with little turnaround time, Game 2 were already wandering into Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer (1-3) was charged with four runs, three earned, and five hits over 4 2/3 innings in the opener.

Notes

  • Boston placed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained neck after the first game. Buchholz is 9-0 and leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA.
  • It was the third doubleheader of the season for the Red Sox, who had been swept by Kansas City in April and split a pair with the Los Angeles Angels on June 8.
  • At 22 years, 190 days old, Myers became the youngest player to make his MLB debut in right field at Fenway Park since Boston's Dwight Evans did so at 20 years, 318 days on Sept. 16, 1972.
 
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Players of the Game
Boston

F. Doubront
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Boston

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4010001 .248
Sean Rodriguez, 1B3000002 .236
    James Loney, PH-1B1000000 .296
Ben Zobrist, 2B3000101 .267
Evan Longoria, 3B4000012 .298
Yunel Escobar, SS3000010 .238
Wil Myers, RF3010010 .143
Luke Scott, DH3000010 .234
Jose Lobaton, C2000021 .274
    Matt Joyce, PH1000000 .268
Kelly Johnson, LF3121000 .252
Totals3014116  
a-grounded out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
b-popped out for Lobaton in the 8th
Batting
HR - Kelly Johnson (11, Bailey)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (38)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Escobar-S. Rodriguez
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Odorizzi 5.2511021 6.00
Alex Torres 2.1100210 0.00
Joel Peralta (L,1-3) 0122101 2.51
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 96-56, Alex Torres 32-21, Joel Peralta 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 3-11, Alex Torres 4-2
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 21, Alex Torres 10, Joel Peralta 2
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000001 .278
Shane Victorino, RF4000010 .276
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010100 .317
David Ortiz, DH4020001 .307
Daniel Nava, 1B3211103 .286
Jonny Gomes, LF4112022 .209
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2000100 .263
Stephen Drew, SS3010001 .213
Jose Iglesias, 3B3010001 .435
Totals3037333  
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (14, Torres), Stephen Drew (11, Odorizzi)
HR - Daniel Nava (10, Odorizzi), Jonny Gomes (5, Peralta)
RBI - Daniel Nava (45), Jonny Gomes 2 (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Nava
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Doubront 8300060 4.38
Andrew Bailey (W,3-0; BS,3) 1111101 3.22
WP - Felix Doubront (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 93-58, Andrew Bailey 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 5-12, Andrew Bailey 2-1
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 26, Andrew Bailey 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32156
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Lance Barrett