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Red Sox beat Rays 3-2 in testy game

WILD NIGHT:The game featured players hit by pitches, a bench-clearing scrum and three managers being ejected, while in Philadelphia, the Phillies ended the Mets’ streak


A.J. Pierzynski of the Boston Red Sox, right, watches his game-winning RBI triple with catcher Ali Solis of the Tampa Bay Rays during the 10th inning of Boston’s 3-2 win at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday.

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A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox — on their fourth manager of the night following a string of ejections — beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday in the latest testy game between the teams.

Jonny Gomes scored the winning run. Fittingly, he reached base when he was hit by a pitch, a common theme that led to one bench-clearing scrum and nearly as many ejections as runs on a wild night at Fenway Park.

Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-2) plunked Gomes with one out in the 10th and Pierzynski followed with a drive to the triangle in right-center.

The Red Sox rushed out of the dugout — for once not to possibly fight their AL East rivals — and celebrated their fifth straight win following a 10-game skid.

Andrew Miller (2-4) got the win after the Red Sox rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Tampa Bay ace David Price.


In Houston, Jonathan Villar broke an 0-for-26 slump with a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Houston extended their winning streak to seven games with a victory over Baltimore in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.

It is the first time Houston, losers of 100-plus games the past three seasons, have won seven straight since 2010.

Brett Oberholtzer (2-6) allowed four hits and a run in seven innings. Chad Qualls got four outs for his fifth save.

The Astros had one hit before Matt Dominguez doubled to start the seventh. Alex Presley singled with one out, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Robbie Grossman followed with a double to tie it 1-all. Villar’s ground-rule double chased Miguel Gonzalez (3-4).

The Astros wore the uniforms of the Houston Eagles and the Orioles donned the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues.

Houston rookie George Springer, who hit seven homers in his previous seven games, went naught-for-four with two strikeouts to snap an 11-game hitting streak.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Athletics 9, Angels 5

‧ Twins 6, Yankees 1

‧ Royals 6, Blue Jays 1

‧ Tigers 6, Mariners 3



Reid Brignac’s RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave Philadelphia a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Domonic Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Phillies, who ended the Mets’ six-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park.

Marlon Byrd reached second base when right fielder Chris Young dropped his fly ball for an error leading off the 14th. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single to center off Jenrry Mejia (4-2). After pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez was intentionally walked, Brignac drove an opposite-field shot that one-hopped the wall in left.

Justin De Fratus (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Phillies starter A.J. Burnett had a season-high 11 strikeouts, but allowed five runs, five hits and six walks in seven innings.

Mets rookie Rafael Montero lasted just 3-2/3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and seven hits in the shortest of his four career starts.

Bobby Abreu hit a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-4 lead in the fifth. The Phillies answered in the bottom half when Brown’s groundout tied it at 5.


In Miami, Julio Teheran pitched 7-1/3 innings and scored the tying run in the seventh as Atlanta moved a game ahead of Miami atop the NL East.

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