Gomes watches his walk-off Tuesday night (Jared Wickerham photo)
Going, going, GOMES!
After reputed closer Andrew Bailey squelched a stellar start by Felix Doubront by giving up a game-tying run in the top of the ninth, Jonny Gomes all but hoisted Bailey on his back and carried him around the bases when he launched a shot in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sox a 3-1 win and both ends of a day-night doubleheader over the Tampa Bay Rays.
After the game, Bailey was understandably appreciative of Gomes scrubbing out his blunder with the walk-off and awarding him a surprise win to boot.
“I thought his punt was awesome. That put a smile on my face, obviously," said Bailey, who has surrendered five runs in his last four appearances. "You don’t want to go out there and give up runs, but there’s a lot of positives about today. The way Doubront threw the baseball, eight strong, and obviously Nava’s at-bat and Jonny’s homer. There’s a lot of good things about this team, and we just (have) to keep it on a roll.”
Hey, Jonny — belly up to the bar. First round’s on Bailey.