After the onslaught of scoring by both teams in the fifth inning, relievers from each were called upon to hold down the opposition. Alex Torres surrendered a hit but struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless sixth for the Rays. Joel Peralta followed with a perfect seventh against the top of Boston's order, which has scored all three of the team's runs.
Clay Buchholz responded well after allowing a three-run home run to Evan Longoria in the fifth inning, working a 1-2-3 sixth before giving way to the relief corps. Craig Breslow recorded the first out of the inning and gave up a single to Ben Zobrist prior to being removed in favor of Junichi Tazawa, who retired Longoria and Wil Myers with Zobrist standing on second base.