Recap - Red Sox walk off losers, wake up in second place

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Tough loss in San Francisco as the Giants literally walked off to win it 3-2.

Sox reliever Franklin Morales loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and the newest member of the Boston bullpen, Brayan Villarreal, walked old friend Marco Scutaro on four pitches to force in the winning run.

With the loss, the Red Sox are now in second place in the AL East for the first time since July 30. They are just percentage points behind the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston has lost eight of their last 11.

The Giants tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off Junichi Tazawa when Scutaro scored on a sacrifice fly from Buster Posey.

The Red Sox had Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in trouble in the first with the bases loaded and one out, but could only manage one run. Shane Victorino hit a solo homer in the second, but Boston could not muster any offense after that.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy went 5.2 innings giving up five hits and one run with four strike outs. Peavy wasn't happy to be pulled with two out and one on, but it certainly wasn't his first f-bomb of the night captured by NESN. Reliever Craig Breslow was able to get a ground out to end the threat.

Newcomer Xander Bogaerts, making his major league debut, went 0-for-3 with a nice play at shortstop before being double-switched in the sixth inning.

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