Longoria Drives in Game Winning Run in the 11th Inning

by on September 28th, 2014
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Evan Longoria was the unsung hero tonight as his Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburgh, Florida.
Tampa opened the scoring when Desmond Jennings scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first inning.
At the top of the second inning, David Ortiz scored on a routine ground out by Jed Lowrie to tie the game up at one. In the bottom of the inning, Jennings drove in John Jaso on a routine ground out to give the Rays back the one run lead.
The Rays extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Longoria scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey Kotchman.
The Red Sox were not out of it, though, as Adrian Gonzalez tied it up at the top of the fifth inning with a two run homer.
The Rays got the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Kotchman hit a solo home run.
The Rays went up by two runs in the sixth inning when Longoria drove in Sean Rodriguez on a sacrifice fly.
It looked as if Tampa had this game won going into the final inning, but the Red Sox had other plans.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with Kyle Farnsworth on the mound for the Rays, Jarrod Saltalmacchia hits a solo home run to cut Tampa’s lead to 5-4. The very next batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, hits a solo homer and tied the game.
There was no scoring until the bottom of the 11th inning when Longoria drove in Jennings from third with the game winning single.
Other game notes: W: Brandon Gomes (2-1, 3.45 ERA).
L: Daniel Bard (2-7, 2.88).
Longoria: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBIs

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