Originally written September 20, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - B.J. Upton hit a walk-off three-run home run off Vicente Padilla, and the Tampa Bay Rays spoiled a stellar outing by Clay Buchholz with a 7-4 victory over Boston onThursday night at Tropicana Field. The Rays went to the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-1 after Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings, but Tampa Bay rallied against Andrew Bailey. Desmond Jennings' two-run single off Bailey tied the game, and Upton's 24th homer gave the Rays a 2-2 split in the series. Buchholz allowed only two legitimate hits in his marquee matchup against David Price, a single to Jennings and a double to Luke Scott. Doubles by Evan Longoria and Upton came on misplays by center fielder Pedro Ciriaco. Price again didn't get any help from his offense at home. After pitching eight shutout innings in each of his previous two Tropicana Field starts without getting decisions in 1-0 losses, the major league leader in ERA left this one trailing 2-0 with one out in t...
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