Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sox Homer Three Times In Final Three Innings, Overtake Blue Jays In 10, 10-7

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It all started very quietly with one out in the top of the eighth inning, and Boston trailing 3-1. Sandy Leon doubled down the right-field line—a spark that would set in motion another amazing late comeback by these 2018 Carmine Hose. Later in the inning, after Boston got the score to 3-2, J.D. Martinez ripped a line-shot three-run home run that smacked the foul pole netting in left. Alas, the 5-3 lead did not last—and Craig Kimbrel failed again to nail down a ninth-inning save. Tied 5-5 in the top of the 10th, the Red Sox offense rose to the challenge—as both Mitch Moreland (3-run shot) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-run HR) went yard. Tyler Thornburg made it "interesting" in the bottom of the tenth, but Boston held on for a 10-7 wintheir 80th of the year. Drew Pomeranz had a disappointing (but not horrific) start—going just 4.2 innings and giving up two earned runs and walking five. In fact, the bullpen (still a huge issue) gave up five earned runs in its 5.1 innings of work. Not good. Other notable offensive contributions came from: Mookie Betts (1-4, triple, 2R) and Andrew Benintendi (1-3, 2 BB, 2R). The win keeps Boston nine full games ahead of The Evil Ones in the AL East.