Replay call goes against Red Sox in 2-1 loss

Brian Butterfield

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox thought they had tied the game in the seventh inning. The umpires had a different view.

Dustin Pedroia was called out at the plate on what would have been the tying run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the Rays in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

Pedroia was thrown out on a relay from shortstop Yunel Escobar, attempting to score from first on David Ortiz’s double high off the Green Monster.

“I thought not only did Dustin beat the throw, beat the tag, but felt like his left foot made some contact with home plate,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

“Our video internally showed that that was the case. Upon review, the call came back, it stood. Felt like there wasn’t conclusive enough evidence to overturn the call on the field.”

After a 1 minute, 52 second delay, it was announced the call “stands.”

Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield was ejected by first base umpire Toby Basner for slamming his helmet to the ground after the challenge.

Asked if he thought he touched the plate, Pedroia said: “I thought so. I haven’t really seen the replay.”

Pedroia may have beaten catcher Jose Molina’s sweeping tag with a feet-first slide, but it was unclear if he touched the plate before the tag.

Basner, rotating as the umpires moved on the play, made the call at the plate.

“Looking back on it, I thought Toby was in position,” Farrell said. “He felt like Dustin had slid to the right of home plate. The mark in the dirt at home plate showed that he went across the back edge, but their review said they couldn’t tell conclusively if his foot actually touched home plate or not.”

Jonny Gomes had an RBI single for the Red Sox, who had won three of their past four.

David DeJesus had a solo homer and drew a bases-loaded walk, and Tampa Bay’s bullpen pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings to help the Rays snap a three-game losing streak.

Brandon Gomes (2-1), the first of four relievers, got four outs for the win. Grant Balfour recorded the final three for his fifth save, getting Ortiz to ground out with a runner on second for the final out.

Boston’s Jake Peavy (1-1) took the loss. He gave up two or fewer runs for the fifth time in six starts, holding the Rays to two and three hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Rays starter Cesar Ramos allowed just one run and one hit, but struggled with his control in 4 2-3 innings. He walked six and struck out six, throwing 95 pitches.

Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 on DeJesus’ run-scoring walk in the fourth after tying it on DeJesus’ homer in third.

Boston took advantage of Ramos’ wildness and scored a run in the first. The left-hander, who replaced Matt Moore in the rotation when he was lost for the season after undergoing left elbow reconstructive surgery, walked three and gave up Gomes’ RBI single.

NOTES: The game was the makeup of Wednesday night’s game that was postponed because of inclement weather. The second game was scheduled for a 7:05 start with Boston lefty Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00 ERA) facing Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11). … The makeup turned into “Dustin Pedroia Bobblehead Day” after being originally scheduled for Wednesday. … It’s the first doubleheader for both teams since last year when the Red Sox swept the Rays in Fenway Park on June 18. … The Red Sox have scored two or fewer runs while Peavy was in the game in five of his six starts.

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