May 25, 2018
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Gomes, Ortiz spark Sox sweep of Rays

Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports | BDN
Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports | BDN
Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz (left) greets teammate Jacoby Ellsbury after Ellsbury scored on a triple by Shane Victorino during the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Jonny Gomes belted a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep at Fenway Park.

Boston won the first game 5-1.

In the nightcap, Felix Doubront allowed three hits in a career-high eight scoreless innings and Daniel Nava added a solo homer as the Red Sox improved to 9-2 against Tampa Bay this season and opened a 2 1/2-game lead atop the American League East.

Doubront threw only 93 pitches and retired the final 17 batters he faced, but closer Andrew Bailey (3-0) coughed up a tying blast to Kelly Johnson leading off the ninth for his third blown save in 11 chances.

The Red Sox came right back against Joel Peralta (1-3) in the bottom of the inning when Nava drew a leadoff walk and Gomes followed with a high drive down the left-field line into the Green Monster seats. It was the third career walk-off homer for Gomes and his third blast in nine at-bats against Peralta.

Nava swatted his 10th homer with one out in the second inning off rookie right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who also turned in his longest outing in his third career start, giving up one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

In the first game, David Ortiz had a pair of hits and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox withstood a three-hour rain delay to win 5-1.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs while Shane Victorino added a pair of hits and an RBI triple.

Alfredo Aceves (4-1) won his third consecutive start, allowing one run on three hits before rain curtailed his outing. Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara and Craig Breslow followed Aceves with a scoreless inning apiece.

Ortiz had a two-run single in the third to break a 1-1 deadlock and added an RBI single in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 4-1. Boston tacked on an insurance run with two outs in the sixth on back-to-back triples by Ellsbury and Victorino.

Rays rookie Chris Archer (1-3), making his fourth major-league start, gave up four runs — three earned — in 4 2/3 innings before a delay of 2 hours and 59 minutes ended his day. Luke Scott had an RBI double in the second for Tampa Bay, which lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped six games back of the division-leading Red Sox in the American League East.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Sox placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9 because of a strained neck and catcher David Ross on the seven-day concussion DL. Buchholz, 28, is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA but hasn’t pitched since June 8. He is eligible to come off the disabled list as early as June 24. Ross, 36, has been struck by foul balls twice in the past month. The most recent occurred during the weekend. The backup catcher is hitting .185 with four home runs and six RBIs in 23 games this season. The Red Sox recalled catcher Ryan Lavarnaway and reliever Alex Wilson to fill out the 25-man roster. … Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 18 games, tying Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox for the longest in the American League this season. … Rays RF Wil Myers, named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America in 2012, got his first career hit in the nightcap. He was 0-for-4 in the opener in his major-league debut. … The Red Sox made a flurry of roster moves between the two games of the doubleheader, placing RHP Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list and C David Ross on the seven-day concussion list while recalling C Ryan Lavarnway and Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket. … Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli returned to the lineup after missing the past two games because of dizziness and nausea and went 1-for-3. … The consecutive triples by Ellsbury and Victorino were the first for Boston since Coco Crisp and Ellsbury had back-to-back three-baggers on Sept. 5, 2008.

MLB NOTEBOOK: New York Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis is scheduled for back surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday that will keep him off the field for 10 to 12 weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Back issues have plagued Youkilis, 34, the past few seasons. He was on the disabled list and missed a month earlier this year before he returned and reinjured the back while making a defensive play at first base last week.

Youkilis is hitting .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 34 games this season. He batted .146 in 11 games after he returned from his month-long stint on the DL.

The longtime Boston Red Sox player is in his first season with the Yankees after signing a one-year, $12 million contract in the offseason. Youkilis was expected to fill Alex Rodriguez’s spot at third base until Rodriguez returned from hip surgery, but Youkilis’ injury will force the Yankees to use David Adams, Reid Brignac and Jayson Nix at the position.

Youkilis was the second prominent Yankee to be placed on the DL. First baseman Mark Teixeira went back on the injured list on Tuesday with a recurrence of his wrist problem.


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