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April 13. 2013 8:21PM

Red Sox walk off with a win


Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) react after a walk-off single by right fielder Shane Victorino (not pictured) during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON - Shane Victorino's infield single scored Jacoby Ellsbury for Boston's first walk-off victory of the season, as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 2-1, in 10 innings on Saturday at Fenway Park.



With one out in the 10th, Ellsbury singled to center off Brandon Gomes. With Victorino batting, Ellsbury stole second and a throwing error by catcher Jose Lobaton, with the ball sailing into center field, allowed him to reach third.

"I was just trying to get a good jump," said Ellsbury, who is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts this season. "With Victorino up, I know he's going to put the ball in play, so just trying to get to second."

"Not a good throw. Just a bad throw," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He's able to make a better throw for that. Even like right there, just to have that ball not go into center field, it's a big play - it's a huge play."

With Tampa Bay using a five-man infield, Victorino beat out a grounder on a 2-and-2 count, with Ellsbury scoring the game-winning run.

"I was just trying to get a ball I could put in play and telling myself not to strike out," Victorino said. "I think that was more what was going on, (I) was (trying) to put the ball in play and, hey, I got a splittie I could handle and I was able to put the ball in play and we won the ball game."

Aces David Price (Tampa Bay) and Jon Lester (Boston) matched each other nearly pitch-for-pitch, but neither left-hander recorded a decision.

Price rebounded from a difficult outing in his last start against the Indians to hold the Red Sox to one run over six innings, with four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

"That's a very good team and Lester threw the ball extremely well today," Price said. "That was your classic AL East game."

"I thought his velocity was up a bit," Maddon said of Price. "Everything was a little bit sharper today, I thought. Pitched more of an aggressive game. The one pitch he'd like to have back to (David) Ross, I'm sure. I think that was just an elevated changeup on a full count."

Lester went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and five strikeouts.

"Just an outstanding game overall," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Well-pitched game on both sides. I thought Jon Lester made a very good adjustment about the fourth inning. And he did an excellent job today for us."

The Rays opened the scoring when Desmond Jennings singled to lead off the third and scored on Sean Rodriguez's double that caromed around the left field corner.

Boston tied the score in the fourth on Ross' first home run of the season, ending Price's streak of 39 2/3 innings pitched at Fenway without allowing a home run.

Joel Hanrahan, whom Boston acquired in an off-season trade with the Pirates to be their closer, walked the first two batters in the ninth, including lead-off batter Evan Longoria on four pitches.

That was enough for Farrell, who replaced Hanrahan with Koji Uehara, who got Boston out of the jam unscathed.

Junichi Tazawa (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, despite a lead-off double by Jose Molina, to earn the win.

Gomes (0-1) was charged with the loss.


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