Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/4/13
The Red Sox have a flare for the dramatics — just ask Jonny Gomes. After his second walk-off home run this season, he and the Sox hope the momentum keeps rolling against the Padres on Independence Day. With Wednesday’s 2-1 walk-off, Gomes has earned himself a place in the starting lineup. The Red Sox will need Gomes and the rest of the starting nine to keep the bats hot as Allen Webster takes the mound, still looking for his first win of the season. San Diego’s Carlos Quentin is coming off of a three-hit night against Jon Lester and the Sox. He led the team on Wednesday, as he was the only Padre with multiple hits, making up exactly half of the team’s total. Eric Stults gets the nod for San Diego after a rocky start against Miami on June 26. He went 3 2/3 innings, surrendering seven  hits and five earned runs. The lefty is at an even 6-6 on the season. Check out the starting lineups for both teams below. Boston Red Sox (52-34) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Brandon Snyder, 3B Ryan Lavarnway, C Jose Iglesias, SS Allen Webster, RHP San Diego Padres (40-45) Logan Forsythe, 2B Will Venable, RF Carlos Quentin, LF Chase Headley, 3B Jesus Guzman, 1B Mark Kotsay, DH Nick Hundley, C Alexi Amarista, CF Pedro Ciriaco, SS Eric Stults, LHP

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