Red Sox get a little extra, 2-1

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

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."
Said manage Joe Maddon of the Rays: "Not a good throw. Just a bad throw. 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, was try 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 and Jon Lester 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.
"I felt a lot better," Price said. "It started with my bullpen last week in Texas. Just going to continue to get my work in. ... Like I said before, six innings over here just isn't enough.
"That's a very good team and Lester threw the ball extremely well today. That was your classic AL East game."
Said Maddon: "I thought his velocity was up a bit. 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.
NOTES: With his strikeout of Evan Longoria in the third inning, Jon Lester recorded the 1,076th of his career, moving past Luis Tiant into sixth place on the Red Sox all-time list. ... Left-handed hitting Matt Joyce batted ninth against Lester, the first time this season he's been in that spot. Manager Joe Maddon said he thought moving Joyce, who entered the game hitting .174, low in the order against a left-handed pitcher might jump-start him. But Joyce went 0-for-4... Longoria, who went hitless in his last two games, was moved to third in the order. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who began the season on the disabled list because of Achilles and heel ailments, went 1-for-4, with a run scored, two RBI, and a strikeout Saturday in his second rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket. ... The Rays entered the game with the best opponents' record at Fenway Park since the start of 2010, at 18-9. ... David Price entered the game with a 3.08 ERA against the Red Sox, the best mark of any active starter (minimum 15 starts). His 2.22 ERA and .203 opponents' average at Fenway were also the best among active starters. ... David Ross' fifth-inning home run off Price came with two out. It was the 28th run Rays' pitchers have allowed with two out this season, accounting for 62 percent of the 45 runs they have given up...Rays batters went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and are now 0-for-their last 17 in such situations since April 10.

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