The Rays weren't particularly pleased to be walking back into Fenway Park on Monday afternoon extending an already long road trip and giving up an off day at home to play a makeup of Thursday's rainout.

But they couldn't have been more enthused when they left taking a 2-1 win that was both emotional and eventful — including an admittedly blown call and another rain delay — and reclaiming first place from the Red Sox in the American League East.

"It's one of those wins" outfielder Sam Fuld said "that feels like three wins."

One actually was good enough as the Rays capped their rugged post All-Star break trip to Toronto Boston New York — and back to Boston — with an 8-2 record extending their sizzling run to 18 of 21 games and 25 of 31.

Much of the focus was on the 82 pitches a once-again sharp David Price made before the 39-minute rain delay then the eight he made after before manager Joe Maddon pulled him saying he realized immediately he erred in letting Price resume. "My mistake" Maddon said.

But the most important throw was made by Fuld the Rays' third leftfielder of the night. Fuld caught Brandon Snyder's fly and flipped himself forward with momentum and fired home to nail pinch-runner Daniel Nava who was blocked off the plate in what Maddon called "textbook" style by Jose Molina — at least that was how home plate umpire Jerry Meals saw it initially — to end the eighth and protect the 2-1 lead.

The Rays celebrated the play — "That was awesome to see" Molina said — and the Red Sox protested manager John Farrell getting ejected.