Closing time: Red Sox overcome 5-0 deficit, walk off with win over Orioles
|04.20.14 at 10:44 pm ET|
Similar to many wins last season, the Red Sox worked the count against the opposing starter in the Orioles’ Ubaldo Jimenez, eventually forcing him from the game in the middle of the sixth inning after throwing 107 pitches.
For the most part Jimenez shut down the Red Sox offense, only allowing four hits in 5 2/3 innings, but once he was tiring in the sixth inning Jonny Gomes took advantage, belting a three-run homer into the Monster seats to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Red Sox scored twice (both unearned) in the seventh on bad Orioles defense as Baltimore committed two errors in the frame, allowing the Sox to tie the game. With the bases loaded David Ortiz delivered a RBI single to right and then Mike Napoli‘s grounder to third was thrown home by Jonathan Schoop, but couldn’t be handled by Matt Wieters allowing Grady Sizemore to score. Sizemore reached earlier in the inning when shortstop Ryan Flaherty dropped the ball on a transfer when attempting to turn a double play, and with the new rule this season the runner was ruled safe.
That set the stage for ninth inning when Dustin Pedroia ripped one off the Monster that needed to be reviewed for a potential homer. The replay was deemed inconclusive and the call of a double on the field stood. Pedroia then took third on a wild pitch, and the O’s intentionally walked Ortiz and calling on a new pitcher, Darren O’Day. O’Day then hit Napoli, which led to Mike Carp‘s pinch-hit appearance and a walk-off error. Carp’s line drive to left was caught, but the throw home went over Wieters’ head and then Pedroia, who fake tagged on the play, was able to scamper home for the winning run.
“I broke real quick and basically fell so he would’ve had a chance to throw me out at home,” Pedroia said. “It was just one of those things, great positioning on their part. It worked out for us, it was kind of a crazy deal.”
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox‘ win Sunday night.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— On top of recording the first hit for the Red Sox in the fourth inning, Gomes also delivered the first Red Sox runs with a three-run homer into the Monster seats in the sixth inning. It was his second homer of the season and third career home run off Jimenez, as he 7-for-18 lifetime against the right-hander.
— Scoring runs in the seventh inning is nothing new for the Red Sox as they entered the game scoring 11 times in the inning this year, the most of any frame. Sunday’s win also marked the second time in eight games they won a game in which they trailed after six innings. It was the first walk-off win of the year, this coming off a record number 11 walk offs last year.
“They had us down early and they tried to put us away and Jonny, how many times does Jonny come up with a big home run to get us right back in the ball game?” Carp said. “We kept battling and fighting and pulled it out in the ninth inning in typical Red Sox wall off at Fenway fashion.”
— Chris Capuano gave the Red Sox another strong relief outing as the left-hander went 1 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit. He hasn’t allowed a run this season in 10 1/3 innings of work, and aside from Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa he’s been the most dependable reliever. Overall, the Red Sox bullpen threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with Tazawa (1/3 inning), Andrew Miller (1 inning) and Edward Mujica (1/3 inning) picking up the remaining 1 2/3.
— Since his recall on Friday, Brock Holt has made the most of it as he went 1-for-3 with a run scored. In three games he’s gone 4-for-10, including his game-winning triple on Saturday.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Red Sox starter Jake Peavy got off to a rough start by allowing three runs in the first inning. Four straight Orioles reached as Nelson Cruz took Peavy over the Monster on the first pitch and then the right-hander allowed a walk and two straight singles, with Wieters giving the O’s a quick 2-0 lead. J.J. Hardy added a sacrifice fly for the third run of the inning. It was the first time Peavy has allowed a first inning run this season. Peavy went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits, his worst outing of the season. He has yet to receive a decision in a game this year.
— Sizemore continues to struggle of late, especially in the leadoff spot. Sizemore went 0-for-4 in the game with a walk and now has one hit in his last 22 at-bats. When batting first this season, Sizemore entered the game with a line of: .115/.148/.115.
– Daniel Nava is also struggling, going 0-for-4 in the game with two strikeouts. He is currently 1 for his last 18.
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