Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Red Sox 3, Rays 2: Rodney is human
Posted May 26, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
BOSTON Well, it as bound to happen.
Fernando Rodney blew a save this season proving not only that he is human but that a 97 mph fastball left over the plate can go a long way if the right hitter is up, and for the Red sox, that hitter was Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Salty drilled the ball into the Red Sox bullpen in the bottom of the ninth for a two-run homer that lifted the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory.
It was the first blown save of the year for Rodney, who also allowed his first home in 52 appearances.
It was the first walk-off homer for Saltalamacchia, and the first pinch-hit, walk-off homer for the Red Sox since Wes Chamberlin did it May 9, 1995.
Here are some other gems from the game …
—B.J. Upton is now tied for the American League-lead in outfield assists with five after throwing out Dustin Pedroia at the plate in the sixth inning.
Upton also extended his hitting streak to nine games when he singled to start the seventh. A hit today and Upton matches his career-longest hit streak.
—David Price allowed one run in his seven innings. He has held the Red Sox to one home run and a .196 batting average in six career starts at Fenway.
It was the fifth straight start of at least seven innings for Price. This is the second time he’s done that in his career.
—Luke Scott, playing with a bruise on the back of his right knee after getting drilled Friday night, singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. Scott is batting .407 with three home runs and eight RBI against Beckett for his career.
Scott also stole second base. It was his first steal of the year. He has only four steals since 2008.
—Jose Molina ended his nine-game hitless streak with a third inning single. The slide included 19 at-bats.
—The Red Sox moved back to .500 for the fourth time this season with their 11th win in their last 15 games. They have yet to have a winning record this year.