by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Tampa Bay Rays worked hard to rally late only to see it fall apart in extra innings.
Mike Carp came off the bench to hit a grand slam against Roberto Hernandez to break a 3-3 tie and give the Boston Red Sox a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay Wednesday.
The Red Sox started their extra-inning rally as Dustin Pedroia led off by drawing a walk from Joel Peralta. Shane Victorino sacrificed him to second base, and David Ortiz was walked intentionally. Joe Maddon then brought in Hernandez from the bullpen, who walked Napoli on four pitches before Carp took the first offering and drove it over the fence in centerfield.
Boston initially took their lead in the third inninjg, as starter Alex Cobb gave up a one-out single to Pedroia and a double to Victorino. Ortiz was walked intentionally, but Napoli doubled in both Pedroia and Victorino, and Daniel Nava's groundout plated Ortiz to make it 3-0.
Tampa Bay got one run bvack in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by David DeJesus, and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a two-out walk off Brandon Workman and scored on a double by Evan Longoria.
James Loney tied the game in the eighth with a solo home run, his 12th, off Workman.
Koji Uehara improved to 4-0 by pitching a perfect ninth inning. The Boston closer also set a new franchise record for consecutive batters retired at 34 straight and counting.
Tampa Bay will look to avoid the sweep Thursday, asz Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 5.04 ERA) takes on Jake Peavy (11-5, 4.01 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 7:00.