The Red Sox looked like they would once again be overmatched by left-hander Matt Moore. The Rays starter dominated through three no-hit innings continuing a pattern that stretched back to the regular season. Indeed to that point the current members of the Red Sox organization owned a dismal .134 average (13-for-97) in their careers against Moore and it looked very much as if the Sox were once again going to get taken out of their approach by an above-average left-handed starter.

But with the Sox trailing 2-0 on the strength of a pair of Rays solo homers against Jon Lester Boston exploded for a five-run 10-batter fourth inning aided by the appearance of a pair of familiar Sox traits (the ability to run up pitch counts and run the bases well) and an unfamiliar demonstration by the Rays (a number of defensive lapses). After Dustin Pedroia broke up Moore’s no-hitter with a leadoff single up the middle David Ortiz drove a ball to deep right that proved pivotal. Rays right fielder Wil Myers appeared to be camped under the fly ball close to the Red Sox’ bullpen fence but as it descended he sprinted forward with the ball bouncing safely off the warning track for a ground rule double.

The Sox soon capitalized with Jonny Gomes slamming a one-out two-run double off the left field Wall then scoring on a two-out infield single by Stephen Drew in which Moore first failed to beat Drew to first (on a grounder to first base) and then was caught unaware as Gomes made his mad dash from second. Will Middlebrooks then doubled to left with Drew scoring only because left fielder Sean Rodriguez badly misplayed the ball off the Wall. A passed ball on a Jacoby Ellsbury strikeout extended the inning with Shane Victorino capping the scoring by punching a single to right.