It took three tries, but the Red Sox were finally able to lock down the victory over the Blue Jays in the 13th inning.
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When Michael Chavis hit a towering home run in the top of the 13th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead, it marked the third time that they had a one-run lead with a chance to win the game in the bottom of the inning. And for the first time of those three, Heath Hembree was able to hold the Blue Jays scoreless and give the Red Sox their 26th win of the season.
This was a wild game, so what better way to start than from the beginning?
Then, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a tape measure bomb to center field in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1. That was the only mistake all night for Rick Porcello, who threw six innings and let up just one run on three hits.
However, the bullpen did not have a strong night. Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes each let up a run in their innings of work, but thanks to an RBI groundout by Moreland and a solo home run by Rafael Devers, the Red Sox still had a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Marcus Walden was not able to hold that lead though, and he blew the save by letting up a game-tying single to Danny Jansen.
In the 10th inning, the Blue Jays threatened to end the game, but Walden made sure that didn’t happen. With the bases loaded and one out, he struck out Freddy Galvis and then got Brandon Drury to fly out to end the inning.
In the top of the 12th, the Red Sox took the lead back 5-4 on a home run by Mookie Betts, his eighth of the season. But once again, they couldn’t hold on in the bottom of the 12th. This time it was Hembree who blew the save by letting up a home run to Rowdy Tellez.
Hembree still picked up his first win of the season by staying in the game and redeeming himself with a scoreless 13th inning after Chavis hit the game-winning home run. This one took a while, and it required a lot of fight from the whole Red Sox team, but they managed to pick up the win.