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.
2) With the game tied at one in the eigth, Andrew Miller took the mound for Boston and gave up a quick double to Elvis Andrus. Andrus ended up at third on a ground out, and Alex Rios came to the plate determined to break the tie. On the first pitch he saw, Rios swung at a fastball and put it into shallow center field. Jackie Bradley read it perfectly, caught it and fired home. His throw was on target, but was a bit high, and the speedy Andrus got under the tag to give Texas the lead, 2-1.
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.
4) Still in the bottom of the eighth. With the two men on, manager Ron Washington calls for his lefty specialist, Neal Cotts, to take down David Ortiz. Papi, who had been 0 for 5 with five strikeouts versus Cotts, is up for the challenge and takes the inside and low fastball, which is right in his wheelhouse, down the right field line for a three run homerun. Sox are now up 4-2.
|David Ortiz is a Baaaaaad man!|
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.
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