It was a night for the dramatics, as the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays in a 10-8 victory during the 14th inning early Tuesday morning.
The first inning was nothing short of a nightmare for Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, as he gave up 6 runs to the hot hitting Red Sox. However, the Rays responded with two solo shots from Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria in the bottom of the inning to make the score 6-2.
Cobb began to look like himself again in the second inning, retiring three of the four batters he faced and giving up a second walk to Ortiz. The Rays had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning as they loaded the bases, but Boston pitcher John Lackey held the Rays at only one run, extending the score to 6-3.
Reliever Alex Torres replaced Cobb in a dazzling fifth inning, striking out three batters and giving up a single to Alex Carp, helping the Rays continue to chip away at Boston’s lead.
As emotions were flaring during the game, the benches cleared in the sixth inning after Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the back with a pitch and Joyce began to charge the mound. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to hold Joyce back, but both teams rushed to the field. However, no punches were thrown and both teams were just given a warning.
The drama continued into the tenth inning as the Red Sox scored two runs off of Fernando Rodney, but the Rays tied the game again in the bottom of the inning after Boston’s reliever Andrew Bailey walked three batters. With the bases loaded and the score tied 8-8, the Rays were unable to drive in a winning run in the tenth.
In the top of the 14th inning, Daniel Nova leadoff with a single, and the Red Sox went on to score two runs in the inning to win the game. The game lasted 5 hours and 24 minutes.
Prior to the game, Alex Cobb had the third lowest ERA in the American League at 2.39. After pitching 4 innings and giving up 7 hits with 6 errors, Cobb finished the night with an ERA of 2.95. Cobb gave strong performances in the second through fourth innings, but fortunately the Rays did not let Boston’s early lead keep them from rallying from behind.
Overall, the Rays’ pitching staff had 17 strikeouts and used seven relievers. However, infielder Ryan Roberts was warming up in the bullpen during the bottom of the 14th inning in case the game extended into another inning. The Red Sox’s pitching staff, including seven relievers, threw 7 strikeouts for the evening.