The winning-streak is at five and the walk-offs now stand at two in a row after the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays in a testy game at Fenway Park last night.
Rays starter David Price plunked David Ortiz in the first inning, forcing the home-plate umpire to warn both teams early in the contest. Exiting early was Sox manager John Farrell, who wasn’t thrilled with his big man being hit by Price.
Price wasn’t finished as he hit Mike Carp in the fourth inning, but was not ejected even after the warnings in the first. Next on the ejection line was acting manager and bench coach Torey Luvollo. But that line grew after Sox starter Brandon Workman threw behind Rays star Evan Longoria, which caused the benches to clear and some kind words to be exchanged.
He was tossed along with the third Boston manager of the night Brian Butterfield. That left Greg Colbrunn, the club’s hitting coach to manage the Sox, and making fans wonder if Grady Little was waiting near a phone somewhere in purgatory.
Ortiz responded with the club down 2-0, by hitting an RBI-single off of Price and not even giving him the time of day. The Xander Bogaerts-Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to hit, helping tie the game to set the stage for the bottom of the 10th.
Jonny Gomes was hit by the artist formerly known as Leo Nunez. Luckly, there was no ejection as he was followed by A.J. Pierzynski, who hit a game-winning triple where two Rays outfielders collided to send the people at Fenway home happy.
Rubby De La Rosa will make his first start as a member of the Boston Red Sox in a game that will have a lot of heat to it. Hopefully he is ready for the stage, as the Sox now sit only five losses behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays, and suddenly the media is a lot less concerned about an incompetent defending champion.