Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lead-Off Walk Deflates Sox Comeback, Lose To Jays, 4-3

(AP Photo)
The Red Sox stormed back from a 3-0 deficit in the seventh inning to tie the Blue Jays at three all. Then. in the eighth. an uncharacteristic lead-off walk by Heath Hembree spelled doom for The Carmine Hose, as the winning run crossed the plate for Toronto in the 4-3 loss. And a crucial loss it was. The surprising Tampa Bay Rays won again on the road—climbing to within just two games of Boston. The big Red Sox comeback was paced by a one-out double by Andrew Benintendi—followed by an error, walk, sac fly, single and Dustin Pedroia double. Mookie Betts was cut down at the plate with what would have been the lead run—blowing through a stop sign from his third base coach. Eduardo Rodriguez—after a rough first two innings—settled down to a decent start for his first effort off the DL. But it all was not enough.