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Gomes’s walk-off homer lifts Red Sox to doubleheader sweep

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz jogs off the field during a rain delay in the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz jogs off the field during a rain delay in the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • File- This Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has undergone back surgery, Tuesday June 18, 2013. The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    File- This Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has undergone back surgery, Tuesday June 18, 2013. The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012  file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) holds his helmet as he steps onto the field before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. State and local police spent hours at the home of  Hernandez on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) holds his helmet as he steps onto the field before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. State and local police spent hours at the home of Hernandez on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) blocks a shot by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) blocks a shot by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz jogs off the field during a rain delay in the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • File- This Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has undergone back surgery, Tuesday June 18, 2013. The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012  file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) holds his helmet as he steps onto the field before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. State and local police spent hours at the home of  Hernandez on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with teammates including David Ortiz as they celebrate his two-RBI walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of the second baseball game in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Red Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) blocks a shot by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

BOSTON – Jonny Gomes hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday, completing a doubleheader sweep.

Daniel Nava was aboard on a leadoff walk when Gomes followed with a towering shot off Joel Peralta (1-3) that cleared the Green Monster and bounced off the sign just to the right of the foul pole.

It was a dramatic ending to a very long day, which started at 1 p.m. with Boston’s 5-1 win in the opener, which was delayed almost three hours by rain in the fifth inning.

Nava also homered in the second and Felix Doubront pitched eight shutout innings for Boston in the night game. Doubront struck out six and held the Rays to three singles.

Doubront retired his last 17 batters, but Boston Manager John Farrell decided to go to Andrew Bailey for the ninth. It was the longest outing of Doubront’s career.

Bailey (3-0), who picked up his eighth save Saturday despite allowing two runs to Baltimore in the ninth, then blew the save opportunity by allowing a leadoff homer to Kelly Johnson.

Gomes rescued Baily in the bottom half with his fifth homer of the season, drawing his teammates in a sprint from the dugout to mob him at the plate.

David Ortiz drove in three runs in the doubleheader opener, and Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched five solid innings for his third straight win. Aceves (4-1) overcame early control problems, allowing one run and three hits.

The first game was marked by a rain delay in the fifth inning of 2 hours, 59 minutes, extending the makeup of an April 12 rainout.

The Red Sox invited fans who stuck out yesterday’s first game to return for the second for free. The opener ended after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time for the nightcap – by that point, with little turnaround time, Game 2 fans were already wandering into Fenway Park.

Highly touted Rays prospect Wil Myers made his major league debut and picked up his first career hit in the second game. He went 1-for-7 on the day.

The Red Sox had lost four of six coming into the day.

Chris Archer (1-3) lost one of the games when the Red Sox took two or three from the Rays last week, and Boston beat him again in the opener. He struck out five in 4  2∕ 3 innings, but also walked five while allowing four runs and five hits.

NOTES

∎  Boston placed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained neck after the first game. Buchholz is 9-0 and leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA.

∎  It was the third doubleheader of the season for the Red Sox, who had been swept by Kansas City in April and split a pair with the Los Angeles Angels on June 8.

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