Red Sox win heated affair with walkoff in extras

Red Sox win heated affair with walkoff in extras
May 30, 2014, 11:00 pm
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The Red Sox celebrate A.J. Pierzynski's extra-inning walkoff hit against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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BOSTON - A.J. Pierzynski's triple to the Triangle scored Jonny Gomes in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending the Red Sox to a dramatic 3-2 walkoff win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston's fifth straight victory on a night that featured short fuses and a handful of ejections.    

Trouble began in the first when David Price hit David Ortiz, emptying the dugouts and prompting a warning from home plate umpire Dan Bellino. That warning proved fateful in the fifth when Red Sox starter Brandon Workman threw behind Evan Longoria, prompting Workman's ejection and also Brian Butterfield, who was acting as manager.    

Earlier, Torey Lovullo, who had replaced Farrell, was run when he complained after Bellino didn't eject Price for plunking Mike Carp in the fourth.    

With the soggy crowd fired-up by the on-field confrontations, the Red Sox had rallied in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.    

Jackie Bradley Jr. started the inning by singling just beyond the reach of shortstop Yunel Escobar, and after Brock Holt went down swinging, Bogaerts pasted a double off The Wall, scoring Bradley with ease.    

It marked the fifth time in the last seven games that Bogaerts had enjoyed a multi-hit game.    

Having been shutout by Price for the previous 11 innings -- dating back to last Saturday -- the Red Sox finally nicked him for a run in the fifth.    

After two were out, consecutive singles by Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz led to the scoreless streak ending.    

Tampa upped the lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Yunel Escobar doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Molina and scored on a single to right by David DeJesus.         

The Rays did some damage right away against Workman as DeJesus led off the game with a double into the right field corner, taking third on an error by Grady Sizemore.    

DeJesus then trotted home with the first run when Ben Zobrist grounded to second.

AT A GLANCE

STAR OF THE GAME: A.J. Pierzynski
Pierzynski doubled in the fourth, but his biggest contribution came in the bottom of the 10th when, with Jonny Gomes on first, Pierzynski tripled into the Triangle, scoring Gomes with the winning run. It was the catcher's sixth career walk-off hit.

HONORABLE MENTION: Xander Bogaerts
The rookie posted his third straight three-hit game and fifth multi-hit game in the last seven. His one-out double in the seventh enabled the Red Sox to tie the game at 2-2.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Desmond Jennings
Jennings was 0-for-4 for the Rays, and collided with Wil Myers in right-center as Pierzynski's triple fell in.

TURNING POINT: The Sox began their comeback in the fifth off Price with three straight two-out hits, leading to their first run of the night.

BY THE NUMBERS: Pierzynski's walk-off triple was the first by a Red Sox player in nearly 20 years. Troy O'Leary had the last one, on Aug. 2, 1996.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "David's a heck of a pitcher. He comes into the game with two hit batters and eight walks on the year. He's got the lowest walk rate in the American League. And when he throws a ball that hits David Ortiz in the back, there is intent to that. They can dispute that all they want. There is intent to that pitch.'' John Farrell on David Price.