A TEAM THAT COULDN'T GET THE JOB DONE ...
Dustin Pedroia's walk-off hit lifts the Sox

June 12, 2017 ...  When Dustin Pedroia got up in the 11th inning with a runner on second base, he grounded a single into right field and Deven Marrero scored with a headfirst slide to give the Sox a 6-5 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies.

It was only the second career walkoff hit for Pedroia and he didnít seem quite sure how to celebrate, laughing as he dodged teammates eager to embrace him. Hanley Ramirez finally wrapped him in a hug and the others piled on.

The Phillies are a rebuilding team with one of the worst records in baseball. But it was a satisfying victory for the Sox, who trailed 4-0 in the first inning and worked their way back. After Rick Porcello allowed five runs, four relievers shut out the Phillies over five innings. He allowed five runs on 10 hits over six innings and left the game trailing by a run. The reigning Cy Young winner has allowed a troubling 48 hits in his last 31 1/3 innings and now has a 4.67 earned run average. Porcello leads the majors with 114 hits allowed.

The first inning was ugly as the Phillies scored four runs. Odubel Herrera led off with a single and went to third when Nava doubled to left. Porcello struck out Aaron Altherr before first baseman Mitch Moreland fielded a grounder and threw Herrera out at the plate. But with a chance to get out of the inning, Porcello allowed three consecutive hits. Tommy Joseph singled, Andres Blanco doubled, and Maikel Franco singled. That accounted for four runs.

Porcello gave up only one more run, but it was a painful one. After the Sox tied the game in the fourth inning, he allowed a leadoff double by Altherr in the fifth then an RBI single by Howie Kendrick.

Down 4-0, the Sox were dogged in coming back against Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff, who was 0-7 with a 5.15 earned run average.

Andrew Benintendi homered into the center field bleachers in the second inning. Betts doubled in the third inning, stole third, and scored when Pedroia grounded out. Moreland singled with two outs, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Benintendi. Bradley reached on an error to start the fourth inning and went to third when Leon singled. Betts doubled to left field, which scored Bradley.

Eickhoff went six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six.

The Sox built the winning run in pieces against Casey Fien, who was in his third inning. Pablo Sandoval singled and was replaced at first base by Marrero. Sandy Leonís sacrifice bunt moved Marrero to second. As Farrell expected, Betts was intentionally walked. Fien got ahead of Pedroia 0 for 2 and stayed aggressive with a fastball in the strike zone. Pedroia went the other way with it, just enough for Marrero to score.

Down 5-4 with two outs in the eighth inning, the Sox tied it on a lightning-bolt home run to left center by Ramirez. The ball left the park and landed somewhere across Lansdowne Street. Ramirez, who has not had the offensive impact many projected, flipped the bat as he jogged to first after his ninth home run.

In a 5-5 game, the Sox went to closer Craig Kimbrel. He threw a scoreless inning, working around a Sandoval error. John Farrell, who has worked Kimbrel more than one inning five times already this season, went to Matt Barnes in the 10th. The righthander left two runners stranded in the 10th inning and another in the 11th. Barnes went two innings for the win, striking out five.

Betts made a big play in the 10th, cutting a ball off in the gap to keep the go-ahead run from scoring. Barnes then struck out the next two batters.

Mookie Betts was 4 for 5 with three doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

Pedroia is 6 of 17 with two doubles and four RBIs in four games since coming off the disabled list. The 35-28 Sox have won three of those games.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILA PHILLIES

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

5

14

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

 

6

15

2

 

 

W-Matt Barnes (5-2)
L-Casey Fein (0-1)
Attendance - 36,757

 2B-Betts (3)(Bost), Nava (Phil), Altherr (Phil),
 Blanco (Phil), Franco (Phil)

 HR-Benintendi (Bost), Ramirez (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 1 4 .276  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 6 0 2 .298  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 0 0 .318  

 

Mitch Moreland 1b 5 1 2 .282  

 

Adrw Benintendi lf 5 1 3 .274  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 5 1 1 .249  

 

Jackie Bradley cf 3 1 1 .242  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 3. 0 0 .259  

 

Pablo Sandoval ph/3b 2 0 1 .211  

 

Deven Marrero pr 0 1 0 .159  

 

Sandy Leon c 4 0 1 .223  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Rick Porcello 6 10 5 1 4  

 

Joe Kelly 1 1 0 0 0  

 

Robby Scott 1 0 0 1 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 1  

 

Matt Barnes 2 3 0 0 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2017 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 38 23 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

35 28 4

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 34 32 6 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 31 31 7 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 31 32 8