Kike's arm/bat deliver West Coast "W" for the Red Sox

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

The 10th inning belonged to Kiki Hernandez.

His broken-bat single in the top of the inning snapped a 2-2 tie scoring Michael Chavis.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
His 93-mph throw from medium center field in the bottom of the frame nailed Seth Brown attempting to score on a fly ball.

The Red Sox opened their six-game West Coast road trip with a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Speaking after the game, Hernandez said, “Literally right before the pitch I called Hunter (Renfroe) and I told him that if they hit a ball in between us that he should take it because he’s got the better arm and obviously the better angle. He (Sean Murphy) hit the ball pretty shallow and I did a pretty good job of staying behind it. I just wanted to make a good throw so that the runner at first wouldn’t advance on an overthrow or whatnot."

Eduardo Rodriguez went six strong innings, shutting out the A's on one hit before turning things over to the bullpen.

Despite giving up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, Matt Barnes was the winner in relief with Adam Ottavino earning the save.

The win, Boston's eighth in a row, allowed the Sox to extend their lead to 4.5 games over the Rays in the American League East. At 21 games above .500, the Red Sox have already more than doubled their win total from the COVID-shortened 2020 season (24).

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