Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win
(BOSTON, Mass.) -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat Tampa Bay, 4-3, on Friday night. The game included four ejections, all against the Red Sox (25-29), and a pair of benches clearing scuffles.
It all began in the bottom of the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz on the first pitch. That prompted warnings to be issued to be both teams and for Boston manager John Farrell to be ejected. Price later hit Mike Carp in the forth, clearing the dugouts for the first time. When Price did not get tossed for hitting his second batter of the game, bench coach and interim manager Torey Lovullo expressed his displeasure by throwing his hat to the ground.
Red Sox starter Brandon Workman retaliated by throwing behind Tampa Bay's (23-32) Evan Longoria in the sixth. Both Workman and then-manager Brian Butterfield to also be ejected, making hitting coach Greg Colbrunn the fourth skipper of the day.
"When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that's a hard one to figure out," said Farrell.
Boston would get the last laugh though. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Ortiz laced an RBI single to left before Xander Bogaerts doubled home the tying run in the seventh. It would remain scoreless until the tenth when Jonny Gomes walked ahead of Pierzynski's game-winning hit. It was the Red Sox fifth straight win after losing 10 in a row.
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