Middlebrooks saves the best for last as Sox rally to win

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Just one night after hammering out 10 hits and scoring 9 runs, the Red Sox managed just 1 run on three hits through the first 8 innings. Then in the top of the 9th with the bases loaded, Will Middlebrooks (pictured) doubled off a 100-mph pitch by Fernando Rodney and just like that, what looked like a 3-1 loss turned into a 4-3 Red Sox win over the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop. All three bases runners had reached on walks by Rodney.

The Red Sox first run came in the top of the 4th inning on an RBI single by David Ortiz.

Felix Doubront pitched reasonably well for Boston, especially in comparison with his two prior starts. He went 5 innings and allowed 2 Rays runs on 3 hits and 6 walks while striking out 7. Junichi Tazawa got the win in relief.

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