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Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Longo starts on his next 1000 with a bang

Two Longoria homers power the Rays to victory over the evil perfectly pleasant New Englanders

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight's matchup saw Alex Colume take the mound for the second time since coming back from pneumonia, this time squaring off against Justin Masterson. While El Caballo wasn't as dazzling as last time out, he still worked his way through five plus innings on his way to his second win of the season, thanks to a little help from his friends.

First Blood

The Rays drew first blood in the third. Brandon Guyer got things started by turning around a one-out, first pitch fastball, and depositing it into left field for a double. After a Rene Rivera strikeout and Kevin Kiermaier walk, Guyer would score on a Logan Forsythe single past a diving panda. And then James Loney followed that up by hitting one past Dustin Ped -- oh, wait

I don't care if he does play for the Sox, that was a damn fine play. Besides, we won anyway. So, golf claps for you, Dustin!

Sox Answer

The Red Sox responded quickly in the bottom of the frame with a back-to-back doubles by former future greatest Red Sox ever Xander Bogaerts and future future greatest Red Sox ever Blake Swihart. Swihart would eventually score on a Dustin Pedroia sac fly, and Alex Colume had given the lead right back quicker than you can say James "Big Game" Shields.  And you wondered if this was going to be one of those nights.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Hey, remember when Longo hit the dinger on Opening Day?

No, that clip wasn't from April. That one actually happened tonight. No, really! In the top of the fourth. Tie game, 2-2.

The Butler Does It Again

The Rays took their second lead of the game -- the one they would not relinquish -- in the fifth. It started innocently enough with a one out James Loney single. But then, as sometimes happens with Mr. Masterson, he couldn't find the zone. Compounding his problem was that his manager couldn't find the bullpen phone. A wild pitch, a five-pitch walk to Longoria, and an eight pitch walk to David DeJesus later, and Masterson was still pitching to Joey Butler while Edward Mujica hurriedly got loose. Butler laid off the first two offerings, then served a soft liner into right, scoring Loney and Longoria and putting the Rays up 4-2. Mujica then came in to retire Asdrubal Cabrera (of course) and Brandon Guyer, but it was not a very good piece of managing by John Farrell.

Things Get Dicey

Not that it was all smooth sailing from there. Kevin Jepsen gave up the obligatory bomb to Mookie Betts (thanks, Brian Andersbott) which pulled the Red Sox within one. He then sweated through an agonizing rest of the inning thanks to an incredibly shrinking strike zone (he struck out Mike Napoli twice, on four pitches, before eventually giving up a single to him). But with one out and the bases loaded, Jepsen got Daniel Nava to ground sharply to Loney, who forced Luis Jimenez (pinch running for David Ortiz) at home. He followed that up by getting Brock Holt to ground softly to Loney to end the inning and the threat with the lead intact.

Breathing Room

This is pretty.

Longo should do this more often. 5-3 in favor of the good guys.

Boxy Shuts the Door

Brad Boxberger came on to work a sometimes-shaky scoreless ninth, but ultimately got the job done, giving up a hit and walk while striking out one, with a wild pitch thrown in for good measure. All in all, not a bad way to wrap up a series win.

Roll Call!

Roll Call Info
Total comments 575
Total commenters 36
Commenter list #TheOneTrueKing, Adam Sanford, BravesRays, Brett Phillips, Brian Andersbot, CSG BBR, DFAHowell, Danny Russell, Evan Vagoria, Gabriel Rivera, Hatfield, Ian Malinowski, Imperialism32, Izzy Stradlin's bad habit, JRTW612, MagicMark, Nobody...ever, Noles95', Passionate Apathy, Yoko Longo, all pRays, downtownres, essenpee, jlmccal2, kfharlock, lizzieray, magicrays,, raysfan81, rglass44, sirthomas813, swampchomp7, tampagator, tb_throwaway, the dobber, thedudeofdudes
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# Recs Commenter Comment Link
4 Brett Phillips Very true. I've invested in rec's as a stable commodity for years, and now I'm starting to really lose value in my investment.
4 kfharlock Man, don't tell me that!
4 Ian Malinowski Ah, okay. I'm an easy sell.
4 lizzieray OK, maybe that was enough for me.
4 Ian Malinowski So, two things.
3 Brian Andersbot courtesy of ‏@_goldensombrero on twitter
3 the dobber obligatory "F*ck Boston"
3 JRTW612 You're right, Brett -- this is the most important game of the season
2 swampchomp7 Lookit Longo hustlin' it to the plate
2 Ian Malinowski America.
2 the dobber I swear to god if he calls another one a ball Jepsen should rush the umpire.
2 Ian Malinowski That sounds like work.
2 Danny Russell Longo's putting a slider past the wall tonight
2 kfharlock How the heck could I go from literally pounding my fist into my palm and grimacing in rage to an ear-to-ear smile in minutes?
2 Danny Russell Supreme ruler's humble opinion
2 Brian Andersbot Baseball, man. There's nothing like it. Nothing.
2 Ian Malinowski This is a valid point. We may have too much blue now.
2 Nobody...ever That would suck
1 Brian Andersbot Dude was out anyway without the throw he was 9 feet inside the dirt.
1 Brian Andersbot I love the awwwwww after the AAHHHHHHHHH
1 that said, I bet Cash doesn't get the call
1 swampchomp7 Depends- are they microbrews?
1 Brian Andersbot I'm not allowed to discuss that.
1 Last of the Mujicans
1 Izzy Stradlin's bad habit I thought he was.
1 the dobber If Betts somehow wins the game for them I swear to christ you better ban Sandy Kaz for a week as a sacrifice
1 Adam Sanford I had the banner ready and every thing...
1 Hatfield Guys, can we please channel all of our rage and anxiety where it belongs... towards Asdrubal?
1 Izzy Stradlin's bad habit Not quite. Closer to 420'.
1 Brian Andersbot [no title]
1 Imperialism32 Icerays with the walk-off win
1 the dobber I am 100% OK with hitting Ortiz in the eye with a pitch right now.
1 the dobber he should probably be batting 2nd already
1 Brian Andersbot He showed real skill on the helmet slam. A lot of guys go straight down but that can have it come right back up atcha. He slammed it at an angle away from himself and away from the umpire
1 Ian Malinowski Fire the sliding coach.
1 Brian Andersbot Do you have twitter? You can get it any time you want.
1 Ian Malinowski I'm the one who's worried about inflation.
1 magicrays Seems raycist
1 probably not a train station nearby
1 Should list it like a college football poll
1 Love Frosty in the 2 hole
1 downtownres TWSS
1 Ian Malinowski Wait. We can set the threshold in the roundup?
1 Danny Russell uh
1 Brian Andersbot BOO HIM NOW
1 Brett Phillips So, you mean only show the comments that were rec'd?
1 Yoko Longo Brett Lawrie could learn something from 'Drubal
1 Danny Russell how bad was \o/ fooled?
1 Danny Russell Go Bolts
1 Ian Malinowski I have to go listen to the NYU community orchestra now play Beethoven V and Fountains of Rome (which is hard)
1 Danny Russell you're work
1 I usually delete less than 2s
1 Danny Russell I've done the same
1 swampchomp7 People are very stingy with the recs

Go Rays!