Thursday, April 5, 2018

'It's A Hanley World, After All': Red Sox Walk-Off Rays In 12th For 6th Straight

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Looks like Hanley Ramirez is healthy. The Red Sox first-baseman delivered another win with an opposite field, bases-loaded hit over the head of a drawn-in right-fielder to drive in Jackie Bradley, Jr. and send the Fenway Faithful home happy. After essentially winning two games in his Miami hometown, Ramirez came up clutch once again in a year that feels like it will be special for him. This game was a 0-0 quickie through seven—with David Price delivering another gem of a performance. The lefty went seven full, giving up no runs on just three hits while striking out five. Boston shattered its own record by now having seven straight starting pitchers give up one or no runs at the start of a season. Carson Smith gave up a two-run HR to put the Red Sox in a hole, but a comeback in the ninth tied it. Mookie Betts led off with a single, Andrew Benintendi walked and that HanRam guy singled in a run. After a double-play, Xander Bogaerts clutched a double off the wall to plate the run that knotted the game. In the 12th—after Craig Kimbrel and Bobby Poyner delivered three shutout innings—Ramirez capped off the 3-2 victory after a Bradley lead-off double. Quite a win, quite a Home Opener!