BOSTON – Felix Doubront pitched a career-high eight innings against the Rays, without giving up a run. It was the first time this season he had pitched through the seventh. Still, it wasn’t enough for the left-hander to earn the win after Andrew Bailey blew the save for the Red Sox by giving up a tying homer in the ninth.
Jonny Gomes bailed Bailey out though by connecting for a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 3-1 victory and a doubleheader sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Leading 1-0, manager John Farrell went to Bailey for the ninth. Bailey gave up a home run to Rays No. 9 hitter Kelly Johnson on his second pitch. It was Bailey’s third blown save of the season. He has eight saves.
Doubront had thrown 93 pitches, 58 strikes, and given up just three hits with now walks and six strikeouts in eight innings. Lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 4.38.
Gomes' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Daniel Nava (who had walked), gave the Sox the sweep on a long day, and night, at Fenway Park. The Red Sox waited out a rain delay of nearly three hours in winning the first game, 5-1.
Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi started, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Sox got a run in the second on Nava’s home run into the Sox bullpen. It was Nava’s 10th home run of the season.
Despite the blown save, Bailey got the win.
STAR OF THE GAME: Felix Doubront
Doubront pitched a career-high eight innings, without allowing a run, giving up three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. It was his first scoreless start of any length in his 44 career starts. He retired the last 17 batters he faced following a leadoff hit in the third inning. The three runners he allowed set a career low in a start.. It was the first time he did not allow a walk in an outing longer than six innings. He needed just 93 pitches, 58 strikes. Doubront has a 2.81 ERA, giving up 13 earned runs in 41 2/3 innings, since May 16, allowing three earned runs or fewer in all seven starts in that stretch.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jonny Gomes
Gomes’ two-run home run with no outs in the ninth, scoring Daniel Nava, who had walked, gave the Sox the win and the sweep of the doubleheader. It was his third career walk-off home run, and his first since April 8, 2010, against the Cardinals while with the Reds. It was his fifth home run of the season, and second off a right-handed pitcher.
It was his third career go-ahead home run off Joel Peralta, the most he has against any pitcher.
In his last seven games, Gomes is batting .360, going 9-for-25, with two doubles, two home runs, and four RBI.
THE GOAT: Joel Peralta
Having trailed by just one run since the second inning, his team finally tied the score in the top of the ninth. But it took Peralta just six pitches to give the Sox a win. After walking Daniel Nava, Peralta gave up a first-pitch game-winning home run to Gomes, giving the Rays their third straight loss.
THE TURNING POINT: On the first pitch he saw from Peralta in the ninth inning, an 89-mph fastball, Gomes blasted a walk-off, two-run home run with no outs over the Monster seats in left field.
BY THE NUMBERS: 9-2 - The Sox are now 9-2 against the Rays this season. They have won all five games at Fenway Park. It is the longest home winning streak against the Rays since a nine-game stretch from Sept. 11, 2007 – Sept. 8, 2008. The Sox have won four straight series against the Rays for the first time since winning six straight in 2007.
QUOTE OF NOTE: “No, I wasn't disappointed. That's the game. We trust our closer and that happens. We got the win, that's important. Just come out tomorrow and win the next game.” -- Felix Doubront, if he was disappointed at being taken out of the game and not getting the win.