ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
The Red Sox outslug the sloppy Astros, 10-9

May 15, 2016 ... After rallying from four runs down to take the lead in the sixth inning, the Astros gave it back in the seventh when a ball hit by Ryan Hanigan dropped between outfielders Carlos Gomez and George Springer in right-center field, leading to a pair of runs and a 10-9 Red Sox victory Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Sox were trying to rally from a 9-8 hole with one out and a runner on in the seventh inning, when Ryan Hanigan shot a fly ball to right-center. It had all the looks of a routine play, especially with Gomez, a two-time Gold Glover in center, tracking it down.

Hanigan, who already had two hits under his belt, broke out of the batter’s box thinking it was a routine fly ball. Watching it hang in the air, Hanigan figured someone would camp under it.

Then, Hanigan looked up and saw Gomez and Springer both hoping the other was going to make a play on the ball. Neither did. The ball dropped between the two for another ugly play in a game full of them, as Josh Rutledge raced around from first to tie the game.

Given an extra out, Mookie Betts made the Astros pay dearly, hitting a liner to right-center, as Hanigan hustled around from first to score the deciding run in the Sox’ victory.

Hanigan went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 5 with an RBI, Xander Bogaerts went 1 for 4 with a three-run homer, Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games, and the Sox moved back into a tie atop the American League East with the Orioles, who lost to the Tigers.

The Sox came into the game as the only team in the AL without a multi-error game this season. They managed to commit two on the same play in the second inning, when starter Sean O’Sullivan botched a slow roller, and then Bogaerts snagged it and made an errant throw to first. O’Sullivan gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox punctuated the heavy-hitting homestand by taking three of four from the Astros, who got five RBIs from third baseman Luis Valbuena. He hit a three-run homer in the second to put the Astros ahead, 3-2, but Xander Bogaerts capped a four-run second with a three-run homer off Chris Devenski to put Boston ahead, 6-3.

Hanigan's two-run single in the third pushed the lead to 8-4, but the Astros chipped away. Valbuena's bases-loaded double in the fifth scored two, and a throwing error by Rutledge in the sixth opened up a three-run inning for the Astros that gave them a short-lived 9-8 lead. But the Sox’ offense made up for it by producing the team’s 11th come-from-behind win of the season.

The Sox finished 6-1 on their homestand, scoring 73 runs. They’ve put up at least 10 hits in each of their last eight games.

 

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

HOUSTON ASTROS

0

3

1

0

2

3

0

0

0

 

 

9

8

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

4

2

0

0

0

2

0

x

 

 

10

14

3

 

 

W-Heath Hembree (2-0)
S-Craig Kimbrel (10)
L-Scott Feldman (2-3)
Attendance - 35,736

2B-Valbuena (Hou), Rasmus (Hou),
Ramirez (2)(Bost), Rutledge (Bost)

3B-Betts (Bost)

HR-Bogaerts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 2 2 .262  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 1 1 .299  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 1 1 .338  

 

Travis Shaw 1b 5 0 0 .317  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 5 1 3 .319  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 5 0 1 .331  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 4 3 3 .407  

 

Brock Holt lf 4 0 0 .260  

 

Chris Young lf 0 0 0 .255  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 4 2 3 .196  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Sean O'Sullivan 4.1 5 5 2 3  

 

Robbie Ross 0.2 1 0 2 2  

 

Heath Hembree 2 2 1 1 1  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1 0 0 0 2  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

24

14

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

23 13 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

19 20 5 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

16 19 6 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

16 20 7