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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday night in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning. With the victory, the Red Sox advance to a league-best 79-34 while the Yankees drop to 68-42 with the loss. The win for Boston also secured the four-game sweep. David Price started the game for the Sox and Masahiro Tanaka did the same for the Bronx Bombers. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Andrew Benintendi‘s groundball single through a gap in the infield ultimately caused the squad to complete the improbable comeback. Sandy Leon started the attack in the 10th against Jonathan Holder by shooting a single with two outs. After a passed ball caused Leon to advance, the Yankees opted to intentionally walk Betts and Alex Cora removed Boston’s catcher and pinch-ran Tony Renda. In Renda’s first in-game appearance as a Red Sox, he dove across home plate for the win. Thrilling.
The bottom 9th was even more dramatic, as the Yanks held a 4-1 lead over the Red Sox. Additionally, Aaron Boone brought Aroldis Chapman into the contest to close the game out. It seemed nearly insurmountable that the Sox would score at least three runs but that they did. With one out in the frame, Leon and Betts drew back-to-back walks to make things a bit interesting. Benintendi, whose heroics would have to wait another inning, struck out on a back-door slider that caught him looking.
The team was down to its last out and that’s when Steve Pearce drew another walk. Chapman clearly looked rattled with the deafening roar of the crowd trying to enforce itself as some sort of mind game. J.D. Martinez, tied for the league lead in homeruns, came up to the plate and swung at the first pitch he saw from the lavish reliever. He shot a two-RBI single over the head of the shifted infield. It was now 4-3.
Xander Bogaerts, who has the highest slugging percentage in baseball with runners in scoring position, came to the plate with first and second. On a 1-1 pitch, Bogey served a groundball to deep third where Miguel Andujar was playing. The rookie third basemen tried to make the throw across the diamond but it took a bounce a couple feet in front of first baseman Greg Bird. While it hit Bird’s glove, he dropped the ball and Jackie Bradley Jr., who pinch-ran for Pearce, came around to score. The rest, they say, is history.
David Price pitched his best game against the Yankees maybe ever; certainly as a Red Sox against them. The southpaw went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs, accompanied by 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. The runs he did allow came in the 7th inning after he was left in the game a smudge too long. His pitch count was over 100 and he briskly allowed two runners to reach base. Heath Hembree, who before this appearance had only allowed 3 of 24 inherited runners to score, fell apart.
The hard-throwing righty came dangerously close to beaming the diminutive Shane Robinson on three occasions. He showed bunt, so Hembree kept locating him high and inside. The message was received, creating a tense atmosphere in Fenway. He lost him on a walk. New York scored two runs on a botched played by Xander Bogaerts on what should have been a tailored-made double play. Stanton gets an RBI single the next plate appearance and they pick up a run on a sac fly. That’s how the Yanks got its 4-1 lead.
Other than that, the game was pretty uneventful. Betts clobbered a homer over the monster off Tanaka in the bottom 5th. He jump started the scoring in the game.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. eastern Tuesday night. Drew Pomeranz will take the hill for the Sox and Marcus Stroman will do so for the Jays. It is the first of a three-game set.