Boston Red Sox Win In Extra Inning Thriller In Texas Behind Dustin Pedroia’s MVP Play
The Boston Red Sox sent the reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello to the mound to open up the series. Porcello went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits along with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. A night truly filled with 3’s for Porcello.
Porcello’s third run allowed came with the second batter of the seventh inning who teed off for a solo home run. It was another case of pitchers failing to give John Farrell an extra inning. Overall though Porcello had a solid night and recorded a no decision.
Kimbrel had a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth but ended up giving up a game-tying solo home run to Mike Napoli who crushed a 98-mph fastball at the chest out of the park. Kimbrel was bailed out a batter later with Dustin Pedroia diving for an erratic throw from Deven Marrero and tossed it on to Mitch Moreland to nail Carlos Gomez for the first out of the ninth.
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Hembree pitched the 10th and 11th innings and was electric shutting down the Rangers offense by not giving up a hit while striking out 3 batters.
Offense Led By The Few
Boston’s offense put together 10 base hits driving in 7 runs on the hot Texas night. Pedroia had a great offensive night to pair with his elite defense with a 3-for-5 outing with 4 RBIs. All four of his RBIs came with two outs in the inning.
As a team, they were only 3-for-12 with RISP. The three hits with RISP were two by Pedroia and one by Benintendi in the 11th. One of Boston’s run came via a wild pitch by Tony Barnette causing Sandy Leon to score from third.
The game was won via an Andrew Benintendi bases-loaded blooper over the head of the shortstop that drove in two runs in the top of the 11th inning.
Andrew Benintendi puts the Red Sox in front (7-5) in the 11th inning with a base hit to left pic.twitter.com/bb20xxKcN1
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