Pedroia hits slam, Porcello gets 22nd win, Red Sox beat Rays

Posted September 27, 2016

Dustin Pedroia scored an incredibly wacky run today, jumping around Rays catcher Luke Maile and eventually putting his nuts in Maile's face to give the Red Sox their 11th straight win.

During Sunday's game between the Red Sox and Rays, Pedroia tried to score from first on a David Ortiz double in the 10th inning.

It appeared Maile then tagged Pedroia on his thigh, but the ball rolled out of his mitt, and Pedroia was called safe by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.

Ortiz, who crushed a two-run homer in Friday's 2-1 victory, leaves Tropicana Field as the stadium's all-time leader among visiting players in several key statistical categories including home runs (35), RBIs (90), doubles (23) and extra-base hits (59), and is also second in hits with 115.

Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon (3) waits at the plate to celebrate with Dustin Pedroia, right, after scoring on Pedroia's grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Danny Farquhar during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. "It was just one of those things where the ball got there before me, so I didn't really have anywhere to go", said Pedroia.

"That was insane", Ortiz said.

It will be interesting to see the level of gratitude John Henry and the Red Sox front office displays for David Ortiz, during the last regular season home series he will play during his fabled career. Heath Hembree picked up where Rodriguez left off and struck out five consecutive batters. Their 21 strikeouts in nine innings would have also been a record had the game not continued. He pitched just 5 1/3 innings, but struck out a career-high 13 strikeouts. Ortiz cancelled the gift ceremony and the stadium held a moment of silence due to the Sunday morning death of Miami Marlins ace Joe Fernandez, who was a personal friend of Ortiz. The Yankees have lost 10 of 13 following a seven-game winning streak and likely will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years. "I was thinking about Jose the whole game".

Eduardo Rodriguez delivers: With the Red Sox offense pretty much silent, starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez put together a strong pitching effort. Rays 3B Evan Longoria was given the Don Zimmer Award as the team's MVP.

"At the time of the surgery, it was all looking at the start of next spring training", Farrell said.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.