Koji Uehara did what he does best Saturday night, taking the ball for the ninth inning, reaching back for all he’s got, and then a wee bit more, ultimately blowing away three helpless Tampa hitters to preserve a 7-4 Red Sox win over the Rays.
It was the Mighty Koji performance that has become pro forma ever since he inherited the closer’s role this season. Three up. Three down. A total of 11 pitches, the final one beaten into the ground by the bedraggled Wil Myers, who spent his fifth and final at-bat of the night (0 for 5) looking like he was shooting down a cod liver oil chaser behind a double serving of cold canned peas.