Down by a run in the ninth inning Jason Varitek tied the game with his 15th homerun of the season and Julio Lugo’s 8th homerun of the season put Boston ahead clinching a playoff birth for the club.
Al Reyes (3-3) blew his fourth save of season assuring the Red Sox the Wild Card spot in the American League if nothing else.
J.D. Drew also homered in the game, his 10th of the season while Eric Gagne earned the win in the come from behind win and Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 36 save of the season completing the bottom of the ninth inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (14-12) was given the no-decision on 6 2/3 innings pitched, six hits, five runs, three walks, and seven strikeouts.
Boston jumped out ahead of the Devil Rays early on an RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning, Drew’s RBI double in the fourth and a RBI single by Varitek in the fourth as well.
Tampa Bay mounted a comeback on the bat of Carlos Pena who hit two homeruns, a solo-shot in the bottom of the fourth inning and a go-ahead three run homerun in the seventh inning giving him 42 homers on the season and a 6-5 D-Rays lead.
Reyes who suffered the loss only pitched for one inning in the blown save giving up four hits, three runs, one walk, and the two homeruns given up to Varitek and Lugo.
Devil Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine also earned a no-decision pitching for 5 1/3 innings, on eight hits, five runs,