Sunday, May 6, 2018

Comeback? We ARE Back! Red Sox Rally To Nip Rangers, 6-5 In Arlington

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So far, your 2018 Carmine Hose have logged 10 one-run victories—and 13 comeback wins. Those kind of statistics invariably adhere to championship-type teams. Last night, Boston came back from two different deficits to eek out a thrilling 6-5 win over the Rangers. Craig Kimbrel got the save and became the fastest to 300 career saves in MLB history. But the real bullpen save was by Joe "Don't call me Jim Buchanan" Kelly—who came on in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and just one out. Kelly struck out his two batters, preserving what was, at the time, a 5-5 tie. In the ninth, Andrew Benintendi (3-5, RBI, 2 Rs) roped a triple off the top of the RF wall (which, if he had hustled out of the box, would have been an inside-the-park HR). Benny Ballgame then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez. Also contributing on the offensive side were: J.D. Martinez (2-5, R, RBI) and Mitch Moreland (2-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, R). And, in perhaps the "hustle" play of the year, Mookie Betts scored from third when he caught the Ranger defense sleeping on a relay play. Betts scampered home, narrowing the game at the time to 5-4. It ignited the bench and had to have had an impact on the ultimate result. The win maintained Boston's one-game lead in the AL East over The Bronx Embalmers.