The Boston Red Sox took the Tampa Bay Rays to 13 innings before Evan Longoria decided it was time to go home, blasting a two-run walk off homer to give Tampa Bay the 4-2 victory last night in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston scored the first go-ahead run in the 2nd inning with a Kevin Youkilis solo home run to center. Dustin Pedroia later thought he would get in on the long ball action, hitting a shot to left in the 6th to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
John Lester pitched nothing short of outstanding for Boston, allowing one run off three hits with 10 K’s. That run was produced in the 7th inning when Jason Bartlett drove in Carlos Pena with an infield single. Longoria, after striking out four times earlier haunted the Red Sox in the 8th with a solo shot to center to tie the game up 2-2. From there it was a fight between bullpens, going 13 innings until Longoria stepped back up to the plate. Right then and there he ended it; drilling Takashi Saito’s 1-0 fastball over the left field wall with two outs in the bottom of the 13th, concluding the low scoring yet home run friendly regular season AL East battle.
The Red Sox will have another chance at Tampa Bay tonight at 7:08 pm before heading to the new Yankee Stadium for a four game weekend series. Red Sox tickets are available now!