BOSTON -- A close game turned into a rout when the Rays jumped on the Red Sox for seven runs in the top of the ninth en route to an 11-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.The Rays snuffed out Boston rallies in the fifth, sixth and eighth, then
BOSTON -- A close game turned into a rout when the Rays jumped on the Red Sox for seven runs in the top of the ninth en route to an 11-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Rays snuffed out Boston rallies in the fifth, sixth and eighth, then pounced on relievers Robbie Ross Jr. and Richard Hembree in the ninth.
The game went off on time despite an ominous forecast, and was played without interruption though it took 4 hours, 32 minutes to complete.
"The guys, they kind of sucked it up out there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I know both teams did it, but it says something that we kept our focus enough to find a way to win a ballgame."
A three-run homer by Steven Souza Jr. capped the ninth for Tampa Bay. Corey Dickerson had a 4-for-6 performance to lead an offense that had plenty of key contributors. Backup catcher Jesus Sucre had two hits and three RBIs. Evan Longoria, Rickie Weeks Jr., Timothy Beckham and Kevin Kiermaier had two hits.
Right-hander Matt Andriese allowed four hits, four walks and two runs over five-plus innings, but it was enough to get the win.
Thomas Pomeranz not only took the loss, but left after just three innings with triceps tightness. The lefty gave up three hits, two runs and three walks.
"At this point, I should be fine for my next start," Pomeranz said. "We'll see how the next few days unfold, but I don't think it's going to be too big of an issue that keeps me out of any games."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Big out for Rays extends Benintendi's slump: With the bases loaded, two outs and the Red Sox down by a run in the bottom of the fifth, Andrew Benintendi had a golden chance to snap out of his recent slump. Though Benintendi made solid contact, his 105.3-mph liner to center against Andriese was caught by Kiermaier to end Boston's rally. Benintendi went 0-for-4 and is in an 0-for-19 rut.
"We had a big opportunity in the fifth. Benny lines out with the bases loaded, we're in a one-run game and then unfortunately things unraveled in the ninth," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Erasmo erases threat: With the Rays clinging to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Andriese gave way to Erasmo Ramirez after allowing the first two batters of the inning to reach. The first batter Ramirez faced, Christian Vazquez, flied out to center field to allow Hanley Ramirez to tag up and advance to third base. But the Tampa Bay reliever dug deep and shut the door on the inning with back-to-back strikeouts of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Deven Marrero to preserve the lead.
"Those strikeouts were huge," Andriese said. "I think that was the tale of the game right there, him shutting down that inning. That was huge by Erasmo."
"It was definitely a grind. It was tough. I just had to make sure I had a grip on the ball before I threw it. It's tough in conditions like this, but these are the days you've just got to grind out there and give your team a chance to win."
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The 4-hour, 32-minute game was the longest nine-inning game in Rays history. The previous longest came a little more than a year ago, also at Fenway, when the Rays and Red Sox battled for 4 hours, 16 minutes.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Rays challenged a safe call at first base in the bottom of the eighth inning, after Longoria's throw pulled Logan Morrison off of the bag, forcing Morrison to try and tag Hanley Ramirez instead. The review determined Morrison's tag was not in time, and the call stood.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, there was an official review on Souza's home run. Following a 36-second review, the home-run call was confirmed.
Rays: Right-hander Chris Archer gets first crack at a strong Indians lineup as the Rays open a three-game set against Cleveland on Monday. Archer will look to make it three consecutive double-digit strikeout starts, with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET.
Red Sox: Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez opens a two-game road series against the Cardinals when he takes the ball on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET. This is the first meeting between the Red Sox and Cardinals since 2014. The Cards are scheduled to visit Fenway Park for a two-game series Aug. 15-16.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston, and covered the Rays on Sunday.