Ninth inning rallies by both Tampa Bay and Boston extended the Monday morning game beyond three hours and hopefully kept most of the 37,000 Red Sox fans from getting far from the stadium before explosions just over a mile way. The explosions appear to have occurred less than a half hour after the conclusion of the game.
It looked like the game would end earlier, possibly giving fans on “Patriot Day” more time to get down
Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which killed and injured people. The Rays had only two hits through eight innings and seemed ready to lose quietly, but they mustered a ninth inning rally to extend the game.
Desmond Jennings singled, stole second and scored on a single to tie the game and require the Red Sox to hit in the bottom of the ninth inning. This required the Rays Joel Peralta to take his warm-up pitches, holding most of the fans in the ball park to wait and see if the Red Sox could rally in the bottom of the inning.
A few batters later Mike Napoli lined a pitch off the left-field wall to drive home the winning run at 2:08. By the time most fans were just getting out of the Park after celebrating the win and working through the crowd to exits, the explosions occurred.
The Patriot Day game typically starts in the morning because state employees are off that day.