ON THIS DATE (September 15, 2016) ...
When David Ortiz hit a home run in the eighth inning, it felt like a
consolation prize for the sellout crowd at Fenway Park. The Red Sox
were still trailing the Yankees by three. Ortiz, who is running out
of his career, was not in the mood for any solace. He started
shouting at his teammates when he got back to the dugout.
Hanley Ramirez didnít let Ortiz down. His three-run homer with two outs in the
ninth gave the Red Sox a thrilling 7-5 victory against the Yankees. It was the
sixth career walk-off hit for Ramirez, who has 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
Chris Young was hit by a breaking ball that glanced off his
helmet. Girardi then turned to Dellin Betances. Young then stole second unopposed.
Dustin Pedroia than walked and the runners moved up again as the Yankees ignored
them. Xander Bogaerts tapped a ball back to the mound and the Yankees were able
to get Young caught in a rundown for the second out. Ortiz singled to center,
driving in Pedroia and sending Bogaerts to third. Mookie Betts was next and he
singled to left field to score Bogaerts. With Ramirez up, a passed ball moved
the runners to second and third. Then came his blast on a 3-and-1 pitch.
Ortiz was 3 for 4 with a double and the home
run that started the comeback. He now has 537 career home runs, putting him
alone in 17th place all time. Ortiz had been tied with Yankees legend Mickey
Mantle. Ortiz has 34 home runs this season, tying Darrell Evans of the 1987
Detroit Tigers for the most by a player 40 or older. The home run, a blast to
center field in the eighth inning off Adam Warren, roused the Sox, who had one
run in seven innings against Masahiro Tanaka
Joe Kelly left the bases loaded in the top of
the ninth, catching a line drive back up the middle off the bat of Mason