Rays lose to Red Sox 3-2 in 10 innings

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BOSTON (AP) - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon gave the usual answer after a pitcher plunks a hitter and emotions boil over. Then he slipped in a quick little line that probably told the truth.

“You have to pitch (David) Ortiz inside and that was a little too far inside,” Maddon said after the Rays lost to the Red Sox 3-2 in 10 innings Friday night. “Is my tongue in my cheek?”

Rays starter David Price hit Ortiz near the right hip in the first inning, setting off a night filled with benches clearing and the ejections of three Red Sox managers and a pitcher.

It came less than a week after the Rays and Red Sox had a scrum last weekend at Tropicana Field.

“I’ve got to establish my fastball in,” Price said of hitting Ortiz. “I’ve got six lefties in that lineup. That’s my favorite side of the plate to go to. Got to establish it in.”

Maddon said last weekend had nothing to do with the situation.

“That’s an easy assumption to make that what happened last week caused that, but I don’t agree with that,” he said. “It’s always going to be felt from the perspective of the sides. I’m going to defend the Rays and they’re going to defend the Red Sox. That moment was not precipitated by what happened last week.”

Last October, Ortiz homered twice off Price in the AL playoffs. The lefty was irked afterward because he thought Ortiz admired one of the shots.

A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Red Sox to their fifth straight win. By then, they were on their fourth manager of the night following the string of ejections.

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, where the ball landed between Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings.

The Red Sox rushed out of the dugout - for once not to possibly fight their AL East rivals.

Andrew Miller (2-4) got the win after the Red Sox rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

These teams have a long history of bad blood, and Friday night was the latest chapter.

Price hit Ortiz near the hip on his first pitch to the Boston slugger in the first inning. That led to warnings for both benches and the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell when he came out to argue.

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