Four Real? Red Sox vs Indians 5-26-13

It's another late inning comeback. Sox win 6-5!
Boston pulled off it's second come from behind victory in the last two games by storming back in the bottom of the ninth with four runs. After looking dead offensively for eight innings, the Red Sox rallied, stayed patient, and struck at the right time off of closer Chris Perez and his backup Joe Smith for a 6-5 win. Here are the four at bats that changed the game:

1) Top of the first inning, and pitcher Felix Doubront is in trouble early. After giving up a leadoff single and stolen base to Michael Bourn, Jacoby Ellsbury drops a tough Jason Kipnis popup and puts men at the corners. While Boubront fans two men to get a couple of outs, Nick Swisher singles and the bases are loaded for Carlos Santana. Santana hits a ball hard into the left field gap to score two runs and put the Indians up 2-0 early.

2) Top of the fifth inning, and Jason Kipnis sees a healthy amount of Doubront fastballs in his at bat. The third fastball he sees is crushed to right field and the line drive makes it over the fence. 3-1 Indians.

3) Bottom of the eight inning, and time is running out for Boston. They are down 5-1 after a Nick Swisher homerun and later a Swisher sacrifice fly. Stephen Drew gets the rally started with a triple into right field. Jose Iglesias fights off a Cody Allen fastball to record a long out, but Drew hurries home for the sacrifice fly and the Sox close it to 5-2.

4) Bottom of the ninth inning, and this is the last shot for Boston. Closer Perez walks Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz doubles. Mike Napoli grounds out to score a run, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia does the same.  Napoli and Salty's at bats both made outs, but they played small ball; hitting the ball to the right side of the diamond, which advanced runners and scored runs. I am really liking the baseball IQ of this team so far this year. The rally is not over yet, as Jonny Gomes walks and Stephen Drew singles to right field. Jose Iglesias walks and now Perez is in a lot of trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury up. Perez hurts something, and is replaced by Joe Smith. Smith throws a fastball away to Ellsbury, and Jacoby crushes it deep into the left field gap. By the time the ball drops, two runs have scored to give Boston a come from behind win. Start playing Dirty Water!

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