Rays stun Red Sox with ninth inning rally, win 7-4

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Rays stun Red Sox with ninth inning rally, win 7-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For one night, the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays turned back the clocks a year and pretended it was September 2011.
You can probably figure how that turned out.
The Red Sox, bolstered by seven shutout innings from Clay Buchholz and backed by a three-hit night from Jose Iglesias, took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning and seemed on the verge of winning their fifth game in seven tries on this road trip.
But Andrew Bailey, who had been 5-of-6 in save chances since returning to the mound in August, couldn't protect the lead and after he was lifted, Vicente Padilla yielded a three-run walkoff homer to B.J. Upton, resulting in a 7-4 loss.
Bailey faced six hitters and allowed five (four hits and a walk) to reach, leaving runners at second and third with out out for Padilla.
Buchholz turned in one of his best starts of the season, tossing seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just four hits.
Iglesias, who came into the game with an 0-for-13 skid at the plate, banged out three hits including his first major league homer, a solo shot he drove out to left-center to lead off the top of the ninth. Earlier, Iglesias had singled to center in the third and reached on an infield single to start the sixth.
Cody Ross (double), Mauro Gomez (triple) and Ryan Lavarnway (single) also drove in runs for the Sox.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.