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Well, the Boston Red Sox have won five games in a row and sit just 5 and 1/2 games out of first place. This does not feel like a team that’s won five in a row, but here we are. With an 8-6 extra-inning victory, Boston defeated Baltimore to complete the sweep.
This was a wild(ish) game that started with a relatively strong spot start by Brian Johnson. It was the lefty’s first appearance since early April. He went three innings of one earned run baseball with an even amount of strikeouts and walks (2). Given the magnitude of Boston’s spot starter struggles, his return is very much welcomed.
The bullpen had to finish the rest of the game and it was a tad rocky. Marcus Walden, one of the lone trustworthy Red Sox relievers, blew the lead in the 8th. Baltimore tied it 2-2 off a Walden wild pitch. In a striking move, Alex Cora summoned perhaps one of the least reliable bullpen pieces to come into keep the game tied.
Of course, Lakins gave up the go-ahead run. It seemed like the Red Sox gave up on a very winnable game. However, Marco Hernandez stunned the Orioles with a solo-homer in the top 9th to knot the game at 3-3.
The game was pushed to extras and the Red Sox unloaded. With a headline moonshot by Rafael Devers, the Red Sox put up five runs in the 10th. Josh Smith came into finish the game. Even though he gave up three runs, Boston clinched the victory.