"I made some pretty good pitches in those first three to get to 3-0," Gomes said. "The 3-0 fastball and then the 3-1 splitty was really good. Then 3-2 I wanted to go slider and just make sure it was a strike. I'm sure he was sitting dead red there, so it worked out."
Ramirez appeared to question the third strike call. Gomes smiled when asked whether the pitch had been a strike before noting, "Yeah, he called it a strike, right?"
Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless eighth before Brad Boxberger added a scoreless ninth, giving him the win for the second consecutive night.
The Rays' bullpen did not allow a run in the series, blanking Boston for 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night, three innings Wednesday night, and 2 1/3 on Thursday. In those 8 2/3 innings, Rays relievers allowed only two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
"I'd say that's pretty solid," Gomes said. "You can win some games doing that."
The Rays' bullpen has not allowed a run in its last 12 2/3 innings, with only four hits allowed in that span. That stretch has dropped the team's bullpen ERA from 6.21 to 4.77.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.