Cesar Ramos overcame a difficult beginning to throw in to the fifth inning, and David DeJesus homered and drove in both Tampa Bay runs as the Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Thursday afternoon.
Boston used patience to get to Ramos early, as Dustin Pedroia worked a ten-pitch walk, moving to second on a wild pitch. Ramos got both Shane Victorino and David Prtiz to walk, but after walking Mike Napoli, Gomes laced a single to center, bringing in the Boston second baseman for a 1-0 game.
DeJesus evened the contest leading off the third inning, blasting his second home run of the year off Jake Peavy.
The Rays took the lead in the fourth inning, using patience to draw three consecutive walks off Peavy, including one by DeJesus with the bases loaded to make it 2-1.
Ramos could not make it through the fifth inning, departing after a career-high 95 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. Brandon Gomes got Mike Napoli to end the fifth and threw a scoreless fifth.
Jake McGee allowed a single to Pedroia leading off the seventh, then gave up a double off the left-field wall to Ortiz two batters later, but Matt Joyce's throw, relayed by Yunel Escobar, gunned down Pedroia at the plate to preserve the lead.
Joel Peralta delivered a scoreless eighth, and Grant Balfour closed out the ninth for his fifth save.
Tampa Bay and Boston will complete their series with the nightcap of today's doubleheader, with Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11 ERA) takes on left-hander Felix Doubront (1-2, 6.00 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.