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                  Pete Lepak
         RedSoxLife.com Staff Writer

Game 84: Sox walk off winners!
The Red Sox used a lot of factors to beat Toronto on a Sunday afternoon game at Fenway to take three of four from the smoking hot Blue Jays. After taking an early lead, they blew a save in the ninth but then won it in the bottom of the ninth to grab their 50th win of the season. Here are the four at bats that changed the game:

1) When we score first, we win. Bottom of the second inning, and Boston scores early again. Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava single, then Ryan Lavarnway hits a "seeing eye" ground rule double that lands right near the right field line then bounces into the stands to score Napoli. Brandon Snyder, Boston's newest player, crushes a ball placed right down the middle to the base ofthe Green Monster to score Nava and Lavarnway and the Red Sox are up 3-0. Boston is 34-7 when they score first.

2) Strong Bullpens Win Games Ryan Demspter pitched pretty well for Boston, but he got himself into a bit of trouble in the sixth. Dempster gave up a walk, followed by two singles to Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus to load the bases with no outs. Dempster stayed in to get J.P. Arencibia on an infield fly, then then left the game for Craig Breslow. Breslow bears down and gets Maicer Izturis to fly out to shortstop, then fans Emilio Bonafacio to leave the bases loaded. What a huge moment for the Sox and Breslow, and the Sox still lead 4-2.

3) Say it ain't So-Ji! Bottom of the ninth inning, and Koji Uehara toes the rubber in a 4-3 game. Koji gets his first man, Jose Reyes, to fly out, then then throws a high fastball to Jose Bautista who hits it over everything to tie the game up and give the Sox another blown save. 4-4.

4) 50! In the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston could have folded and felt sad for blowing the win, but instead they got right back to work. Pitcher Juan Perez gave up a single to Brandon Synder and then walked Jacoby Ellsbury on five pitches. Casey Janssen faced Shane Victorino, who hit a weak ball towards Josh Thole at first. Thole gets turned around a bit, and then boots the ball, which causes pinch runner Jonathan Diaz to score. The Red Sox walk off as winners, their 7th walkoff win of the season and 50th win of the season.

The 7th walkoff win is the most walkoff wins for a team at this point in any season since 1964. Boston is really starting to come togather as a team, and this team has been a lot of fun to watch. Boston has tomorrow off, but plays the San Diego Padres Tuesday night at 7:10pm at Fenway when Robbie Erlin faces John Lackey.

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Peter Lepak 6/30/2013 05:47:00 PM Edit
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