Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – David DeJesus homered to help the Tampa Bay Rays snap a three-game slide with a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Fenway Park.
DeJesus also drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that proved to be the game-winning run as the Rays (12-16) improved to 2-4 on their current 10-game road trip.
The Rays won despite a rocky start from starter Cesar Ramos, who allowed one run on one hit with six walks and six strikeouts over 4 2/3 frames to receive a no-decision.
Brandon Gomes (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless frames to earn the win. Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless eighth before Grant Balfour got the final three outs in the ninth to preserve the win and earn his fifth save.
Jake Peavy tossed 6 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs with five walks and four strikeouts for the Red Sox (13-15).
The Red Sox broke out first when Jonny Gomes ripped a two-out RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the first to score Dustin Pedroia.
Peavy kept it there until the third, when DeJesus curled a home run around Pesky’s Pole in right to tie the game.
In the fourth, Peavy had a momentary loss of control, walking three straight batters, the last of which forced in a run to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.
Ramos, for his part, set a new high for walks. The final walk he issued was to David Ortiz with two outs in the fifth, which prompted manager Joe Maddon to bring on Gomes to face Mike Napoli with two on board.
Gomes retired Napoli on a pop out to preserve the Rays’ 2-1 lead. Gomes added a scoreless inning in the sixth before Jake McGee took over in the seventh, allowing a leadoff single to Pedroia.
One out later, Ortiz doubled off the Green Monster and Pedroia tried to score from first. However, shortstop Yunel Escobar fired the ball to catcher Jose Molina, who tagged out a sliding Pedroia.
The Red Sox disagreed with the call, prompting manager John Farrell to ask for a review, but the call stood.
After the decision, third-base coach Brian Butterfield was ejected when he protested the verdict. McGee then struck out Napoli swinging to end the threat.