Monday, August 6, 2018

Sox 'Sweep' Aside Empire, Mount Epic 9th-Inning Comeback, Win, 5-4 In 10

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OK, time to fess up, Red Sox Nation. How many of you went to bed after the Red Sox failed to score in the bottom of the eighth inning? Come on, tell the truth! Even the most loyal fans of The Carmine Hose could be forgiven if they resigned themselves to bedtime—with the knowledge of "only" taking 3 of 4 from The Evil Ones, still a good week-end's work. But, oh, this is not your average Red Sox squad. Down by three runs in the ninth against uber-closer Aroldis Chapman, Boston plated the tying runs—on a two-out, two-run rope single by J.D. Martinez and a "leg-it-out" ground ball by Xander Bogaerts. In the tenth, the honor fell to new 'Yankee-Killer' Andrew Benintendi (3-6, RBI)—who smacked a game-winning "ten-hopper" up the middle to put a capper on one of the best comebacks in Red Sox history. David Price—while not getting credit for the win—was more than effective over 6+ innings, giving up just two earned runs. Boston grabbed the lead in the fifth on a solo Monster blast by Mookie Betts (his 26th), but The Empire struck back with four in the top of the seventh. Then, The Magic happened. Again. The 5-4 extra-inning win put Boston's margin in the AL East at 9.5 games over The Pinstriped Posers.