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Gonzalez's RBI single in 12th lifts Red Sox past Rays 5-4

2024-05-15 11:43 Last Updated At:11:50

BOSTON (AP) — Romy Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez dropped a hit to shallow right off reliever Manuel Rodríguez, who had intentionally walked Tyler O'Neill to start the inning. Instead of forcing a possible double play, the move allowed Connor Wong to easily score the game-winner after a wild few extra innings.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Aaron Civale walks back to the mound after giving up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Romy Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe dives but can't make the play on a two-RBI double by Boston Red Sox's Dominic Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe dives but can't make the play on a two-RBI double by Boston Red Sox's Dominic Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin, center, is escorted to the dugout after fielding a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe for the final out of the top of the eighth inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin, center, is escorted to the dugout after fielding a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe for the final out of the top of the eighth inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, left, tags out Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Amed Rosario (10) on a steal attempt during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, left, tags out Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Amed Rosario (10) on a steal attempt during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez connects on his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez connects on his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, right, tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, who got caught in a rundown during the 11th inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, right, tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, who got caught in a rundown during the 11th inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez is doused with water after his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez is doused with water after his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

"It's huge. Getting a walk-off win in the big leagues is unbelievable," said Gonzalez, who was overwhelmed by a swarm of celebrating teammates shortly after rounding first base.

Cedanne Rafaela homered for Boston in the fifth and delivered a sacrifice bunt in the 11th that helped atone for his throwing error, which allowed Tampa Bay to take a brief 4-3 lead. Rafaela was relieved after the game to have come through offensively after his defensive gaffe.

“I already did the error,” Rafaela said he thought as he came to the plate in the 11th. “I just have to do something to bring that run in.”

The bunt moved David Hamilton, who opened the inning on second, to advance to third and score easily when Rodríguez fielded a grounder up the middle.

"The kid makes an error and he came back and turned the page right away," Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He finished the game the way he should and he played all the way to the end.”

Boston ended a six-game home losing streak to the Rays. Brennan Bernardino (2-1) got the win and Rodríguez (0-1) took the loss.

Josh Lowe hit a solo homer in the first and Randy Arozarena got one in the sixth.

The Rays made a base-running blunder in the 11th when Ben Rortvedt, who opened the inning on second, got caught in a rundown between third and home. Arozarena made it to second and went on to score on the error by Rafaela.

Boston starter Nick Pivetta pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.

Civale, a Connecticut native who played in college nearby at Northeastern University, made his Fenway Park debut. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

HOT SHOT

Boston reliever Chris Martin managed to get his head out of the way and his glove in the right place to catch a screaming line drive by Lowe for the third out in the seventh. Martin then fell to the mound and laid sprawled out for several moments as trainers came out of the bullpen to check on him. Martin eventually got to his feet and got a loud round of cheers from fans who had just seen the replay.

SCOREBOARD

The Red Sox added an extra game at the end of the left field scoreboard. The Boston Bruins were playing the Florida Panthers in Game 5 of the second round of the NHL playoffs. Fans cheered when the final 2-1 score flashed and the Bruins remained alive to host Game 6 on Thursday night.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Reinstated IF Jonathan Aranda (fractured right finger) from the 10-day injured list and optioned IF Austin Shenton to Triple-A Durham. … Paredes returned to the lineup as the designated hitter, two days after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch. Paredes was off Monday for the series opener.

Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (left oblique strain) is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday. Manager Alex Cora said Whitlock was able to throw in the mid-90s recently and could rejoin the rotation by next week.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Taj Bradley (0-1, 1.50 ERA) gets his second start following an early stint on the injured list with a strained pectoral. Bradley, who was 2-0 against Boston as a rookie last year, pitched six innings against the Yankees in his season debut May 10, allowing four hits and one run in his season debut.

Red Sox: RHP Tanner Houck (3-4, 2.24) gets the start for Boston, where he has an ERA of 2.54 through four starts this season.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Aaron Civale walks back to the mound after giving up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Aaron Civale walks back to the mound after giving up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe dives but can't make the play on a two-RBI double by Boston Red Sox's Dominic Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe dives but can't make the play on a two-RBI double by Boston Red Sox's Dominic Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin, center, is escorted to the dugout after fielding a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe for the final out of the top of the eighth inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin, center, is escorted to the dugout after fielding a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe for the final out of the top of the eighth inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, left, tags out Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Amed Rosario (10) on a steal attempt during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, left, tags out Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Amed Rosario (10) on a steal attempt during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez connects on his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez connects on his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, right, tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, who got caught in a rundown during the 11th inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela, right, tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, who got caught in a rundown during the 11th inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez is doused with water after his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez is doused with water after his game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Boston. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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How did North Korean soldiers wander across the world's most heavily guarded border?

2024-06-21 12:26 Last Updated At:12:30

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Don’t believe the name: The Demilitarized Zone between the two rival Koreas might be the most heavily armed place on earth. Two million mines, barbed wire fences, tank traps and tens of thousands of troops from both countries patrol a divided swath of land 248 kilometers (154 miles) long and 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide.

So how are North Korean soldiers continuing to wander over the line separating North from South, causing South Korea to fire warning shots for the third time this month?

The short answer appears to be shrubbery: Because of an overgrowth of foliage, the North Koreans may not have seen the signs marking the thin military demarcation line that divides the DMZ into northern and southern sides.

But it's also just the latest entry in the long, often violent history of the unique border set up after the 1950-53 Korean War. It ended with an armistice, instead of a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula divided, and technically still in a state of war.

Here’s a look at the events surrounding the incursion:

On Friday, South Korea’s military said it had fired warnings shots the previous day to repel several North Korean soldiers who briefly crossed the military demarcation line that divides the countries while engaging in unspecified construction work.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Koreans retreated shortly after South Korean soldiers broadcast a warning and fired the shots Thursday morning, but didn’t immediately release more details.

Similar incidents took place on June 9 and June 18, each involving some 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers briefly crossing the demarcation line and retreating shortly after the South Koreans broadcast audio warnings and fired warning shots.

South Korea’s military says the incursions were likely accidents, noting that the North Koreans did not return fire and withdrew immediately.

The demarcation line, in many parts of the DMZ, is simply a sign mounted on a stick or a slice of concrete.

People have stepped across it before, under very special circumstances, and usually at the border village of Panmunjom. Former U.S. President Donald Trump walked across with Kim Jong Un. Last year an American soldier facing possible military discipline dashed over the line to the North.

Outside of Panmunjom, much of the DMZ is wilderness, but it is heavily monitored on both sides. And while the demarcation line may be easily crossed, it is very difficult to do so without being spotted immediately.

The southern side of the land border is protected not only by thousands of soldiers, guns and mines, but also by a dense network of cameras, motion sensors and other high-tech surveillance equipment. Breaches are very rare and are usually detected quickly. Defections from the North are also unusual along the North-South land border, though they have happened with frequency along the porous China-North Korea border and occasionally in the Yellow Sea.

The North’s accidental intrusions this month may have been caused by a sudden jump in North Korean troops fortifying their side of the border.

Because overgrown trees and plants may have been obscuring the signs marking the demarcation line, Seoul says, the North Korean troops may have stepped over the line without knowing it.

Relations between the rival Koreas are worse now than in many years.

Recent weeks have seen a tit-for-tat standoff that has resulted in Cold War-style psychological warfare. Both sides have said they are no longer bound by a landmark military agreement in 2018 to reduce tensions.

The North Koreans along the border, Seoul says, have been installing what appear to be anti-tank barriers, reinforcing roads and planting land mines, even as mine explosions have killed or wounded an unspecified number of North Korean soldiers.

The construction started around April and may be an attempt to curb North Koreans trying to defect to the South, according to Seoul’s military.

Animosities may worsen as Kim continues to accelerate his nuclear weapons and missiles development and align with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the face of their separate, escalating confrontations with Washington.

On Thursday, South Korea’s government condemned an agreement by Kim and Putin at their summit this week in which the two nations vowed to aid each other if attacked. In turn, Seoul said it will consider sending arms to Ukraine to help it fight Russia’s invasion.

Possibly, especially if the North Korean construction continues along the demarcation line.

But both sides appear intent on containing their animosities to the psychological warfare they’re engaging in.

Still, there are worries that the hostilities are pushing them closer to a direct military clash. The Koreas have had no meaningful talks for years and could find it difficult to set up dialogue as tensions rise over the North’s development of nuclear-capable weapons.

Some analysts say the Koreas’ poorly marked western sea boundary — site of skirmishes and attacks in past years — is more likely to be a crisis point than the land border.

Kim, during a fiery speech in January, reiterated that his country does not recognize the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea, which was drawn up by the U.S.-led U.N. Command at the end of the war. North Korea insists on a boundary that encroaches deeply into South Korea-controlled waters.

While the huge military presence on both sides of the DMZ means that years sometimes pass without incident, violence can quickly erupt. Two American Army officers were axed to death in 1976 by North Korean soldiers, for instance.

Klug, AP's news director for the Koreas, reported from Tokyo.

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean soldiers work at an undisclosed location near the border area, as seen from a South Korean guard area. South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

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