There was one out when Millar slugged a 1-2 pitch from
(0-1) over the left field wall for his first homer of the season.
"I was just looking for something out over the plate that I could get a hold of," Millar said. "It seemed like he was throwing BBs. I got a slider and got my hands out and got a hold of it."
had plenty of opportunities to secure the victory, getting the potential winning run in scoring position six different times after the eighth inning.
Tampa Bay's best chance came with two outs in the 12th, when
was tagged out at the plate in a violent collision with
, who left the game with a sprained right ankle.
"We played hard and battled,"
said. "We just didn't get a hit when we needed it. ... I had a feeling this game was going to be won by a home run. When you play that long, it usually is."
Boston failed to score the go-ahead run in the 15th, when
was tagged out at the plate following a strong throw by rookie
"It's always the toughest,"
manager Grady Little said of their first victory of the season. "I don't think it gets any tougher than this. ... When you play that long, you get a lot of action. Luckily, we came out on top."
(1-0) gave up just two hits in three scoreless innings to record the win.
were trailing by three when shortstop
- a career .257 hitter - doubled home a run in the sixth and then connected on a two-run homer down the left field line off
in the eighth to tie the game, 8-8.
"They were outstanding in the extra-inning work," Little said. "This is a new process. It's a learning process where everyone gets an opportunity. After everyone gets the first games under their belts, you'll see new guys out there."