If the only thing Jarrod Saltalamacchia did here last night was crouch behind the plate for 14 innings and receive 222 pitches from eight different pitchers, the Red Sox would have gotten their money’s worth.

But Saltalamacchia proved even more valuable.

After the Red Sox fumbled a six-run lead against the pesky Rays, it was Saltalamacchia who delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th inning. And then, after closer Andrew Bailey blew his first save opportunity in nearly three weeks and the teams played four more innings, Saltalamacchia came through again in the 14th with an RBI single for an insurance run in a game in which no amount of insurance was enough.

In the end, after 5 hours and 24 minutes, the Red Sox finally secured a 10-8 victory in the second-longest game ever played at Tropicana Field.

And then, at last, Saltalamacchia could rest.

“A guy like Salty caught 14 innings and got however many hits, that’s pretty awesome,” said right-hander John Lackey, who started the game, went 52⁄3 innings and touched off a dugouts-clearing dustup in what felt like ages before the outcome was decided. “That says a lot about what’s inside him.”

The winning rally began on Shane Victorino’s single against Rays reliever Cesar Ramos. Victorino then aggressively tagged and went to second base on Dustin Pedroia’s fly ball to deep right field. After David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Nava lined a single to center field, scoring Victorino with the go-ahead run.

At that point, Jose Iglesias came on to run for Ortiz, a move that paid off when Saltalamacchia notched his fourth hit of the game, a single to left field that scored Iglesias from second base.