Jonny Gomes arrived in the offseason with the reputation of being a “clubhouse guy” who would pick up his Red Sox teammates and keep things loose over the grind of a 162-game season. Last night provided Gomes the rare opportunity to pick up the Sox with his bat, and he came through.
Gomes belted a two-run, walkoff homer over the Green Monster in the ninth inning, after closer Andrew Bailey coughed up the lead in the top of the frame, as the Red Sox grabbed a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to sweep a doubleheader at Fenway Park.
A mob of teammates awaited him at home plate to show their appreciation. After Gomes punted his batting helmet over their heads on his way to the plate, those teammates let loose, too.

“He’s a true professional, and if anything he’s picking guys up,” said Daniel Nava, who hit a home run in the second inning that stood as the game’s lone run until Bailey served one up to the Rays’ Kelly Johnson in the ninth. “It shows a lot about who he is.”
Bailey was probably the most pleased out of any of Gomes’ teammates after recording his third blown save of the season. The closer, who wound up being credited with the win, made sure to stop by Gomes’ locker for an appreciative fist-pound on his way out the clubhouse.
“We have to pick each other up,” Gomes said of the sixth walkoff victory of the year by the Red Sox. “He’s picked us up and we are going to pick him up, and we’ve done a great job of guys shining in the lineup covering for some guys who are struggling and vice versa. That’s definitely the character that we have in this clubhouse.”