Closer implosion night at the Trop

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each drove in a run with singles in the top of the fourteenth inning as the Red Sox outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays 10-8 at the Trop.

It was not a good night for closing pitchers. Saltalamacchia's two-out, two RBI single off Tampa closer Fernando Rodney in the top of the tenth inning (pictured) gave the Red Sox an 8-6 lead. In the bottom of the inning Andrew Bailey gave up a solo home run and then walked three batters to tie the game.

The Red Sox had jumped out early scoring six runs in the top of the first inning sending ten men to the plate. Dustin Pedroia drove in two with a single, Nava hit an RBI double, Mike Carp drove in a pair of runs with a single, and Will Middlebrooks - back from the disabled list - pushed another run across with a single to left field.

The Rays chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the first, and single runs in the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings.

John Lackey started for the Red Sox but did not figure in the decision. He went 5.2 innings allowing four runs on ten hits and one walk while striking out three. Two of those hits were solo home runs.

Saltalamacchia led the Boston offense with four hits. Carp, Nava, Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury each had two hits. Red Sox hitters struck out a combined seventeen times.

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