Four Real? Three-Four makes it Four-Two as Sox win in Eighth Inning Homerun (VIDEO)
Boston takes a game from Texas to end their homestand
with a 2-4 record.
Boston, Ma- David Ortiz added to his already powerful "clutch" resume when he hit a three run homerun to give the Red Sox the lead late in the eighth inning. The win gave the Sox a little momentum before they play in the weekend series with the hated New York Yankees. The pitching matchup was a good one, with both teams only combining for nine total hits. Here are the four at bats the changed the game.
1) In the top of the first inning, Texas got it started early, with a Shin-Soo Choo double and an Alex Rios walk. With men on second and third and two outs, pitcher Jake Peavy came at Mitch Moreland. Moreland worked the count full, but Peavy threw his next pitch in the dirt, and Moreland went after it to keep the Rangers from scoring.
3) Bottom of the eighth, and Jackie Bradley works a six pitch walk, his third of the game. AJ Pierzynski follows up with a bloop single to put two men on. Dustin Pedroia steps up and grounds a tailor made double play ball to Andrus, but he bobbles it, and he can only get the lead runner, leaving two runners on base.
Koji worked the ninth inning for an 11 pitch save, and Boston takes the short series from Texas, 2-1. Jake Peavy went 6 2/3 and struck out eight. Could this be the game that wakes the Boston bats up? I hope so. Tomorrow, Boston plays New York in the Bronx at 7:05pm. Clay Buchholz will face Michael Pineda in the first of a four game series.