Rays beat Red Sox 6-5 in 11 on Longoria's single
Saturday, September 10, 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays rebound after blowing a ninth-inning lead to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Saturday night and pull within 412 games of the AL wild card leaders.
Desmond Jennings opened the 11th with a triple off Daniel Bard (2-7) that lunging center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury couldn't reach. After B.J. Upton hit a grounder to first, Longoria lined a single to center on an 0-2 pitch.
Brandon Gomes (2-1) worked 1 1-3 perfect innings for the Rays.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury hit consecutive one-out solo homers in the ninth off closer Kyle Farnsworth to pull the Red Sox even at 5.