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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Red Sox Beat Rays on Saltalamacchia's Walk-Off Homer

BOSTON, MA - MAY 26:   Jarrod Saltalamacchia #...
BOSTON, MA - MAY 26: Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the ninth inning at Fenway Park on May 26, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
A night after the Red Sox and Rays exchanged some vitriol and hit by pitches, Josh Beckett and Jarrod Saltalamacchia put on their own act at Fenway Park in Boston.

Through the first 5 innings, neither team could figure out the others starter, but in the sixth, the Red Sox finally got to David Price for a run on a Will Middlebrooks RBI single.

Through six innings, Beckett had allowed just one hit on 67 pitches, 53 of which were for strikes, but in the seventh the Rays got to him for a pair of runs to take the lead.

Singles to BJ Upton and Matt Joyce put runners on first and third, setting up a sac-fly for Ben Zobrist and an RBI single for Luke Scott to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.

Beckett was able to get out of the inning without further damage and he finished with 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 K.

The game remained tied thanks to scoreless innings from Andrew Miller and Rich Hill, giving the Red Sox an opportunity to finish things with a bang in Boston.

With Fernando Rodney on the hill trying to pick up a save, Daniel Nava picked up a leadoff walk and was moved over to second by Nick Punto, not that he needed to be with Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch hitting for Marlon Byrd.

Salty followed Punto with his 8th homerun of the season, this one coming walk-off style and bringing the Red Sox back to .500, a mark they have had trouble surpassing.

The Red Sox will look once again to go above even tonight when they finish up the three game set with the Rays at Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz will face Jeremy Hellickson, first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 pm.

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