Martinez & Vazquez Stay Hot; Red Sox Win 6-5 in Walk-Off Fashion

The Red Sox secured the series win Tuesday night, with an extra innings thriller that lasted 12 innings of play before JD Martinez walked it off, and the Red Sox went home happy.

Christian Arroyo doubled in the 1st inning, a groundout moved him to 3rd base, and then a wild pitch by Glasnow drove in Arroyo to make it 1-0 Red Sox.

The Rays would then rally in the 3rd inning, and pick up 2 runs against Martin Perez. They would pick up another in the top of the 6th, which would be credited to Perez even though he wasn’t the one to let it cross the plate.

Austin Brice would pitch the 6th inning, allowing no runs to himself, but letting the run Perez walked to make it 3-1 Rays.

Hirokazu Sawamura would pitch the top of the 7th, allowing some traffic. But he would strand both runners as he would hold the Rays at 3 with a game-changing play from Franchy Cordero in left field. He caught a ball right up against the monster, and the Rays thought it hit off the wall before he caught it. It was a critical play, and if it wasn’t caught the Rays would have added to their lead. Instead, all they had to do was step on 2nd base for a double play since Arozarena thought it wasn’t caught.

Darwinzon Hernandez would pitch a scoreless 8th.

In the bottom half of the 8th, the Red Sox would get one run closer. JD Martinez would rope a ball into right field for an RBI double. But a costly base running mistake after by Martinez would retire the side, and put the tying run out of scoring position.

Matt Barnes would pitch a scoreless 9th, and Christian Vazquez would launch a home run over the monster an estimated 383 feet to tie the ball game at 3. That would send the game to extras.

(Runner starts on 2nd for every extra innings inning)

Neither team would score in the 10th, and Matt Barnes would pitch another scoreless frame.

Houck would pitch the 11th, and an RBI double from Willy Adames would give the Rays the 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th. Houck would not be credited with the run though since he did not surrender the run on base. But the Red Sox would tie it right back up in the bottom half of the 11th with an RBI single from Rafael Devers.

In the top of the 12th, Phillips Valdez would pitch a scoreless frame. In the 12th, JD Martinez roped a ball into right field, and it would be poorly played by Randy Arozarena and go over his head. Giving the Red Sox the 6-5 win in walk-off fashion.

“It was great,” Martinez said. “All jokes aside, after I made that mental mistake on second and then coming up with the go-ahead run on third in the (10th) and hitting that ball, Adames made a great play on it. But not winning it there, it felt good to come through there in that situation.”

Everyone who had 4+ at-bats recorded a hit, except Marwin Gonzalez. Martin Perez went 5 innings allowing 3 runs off of 5 hits, striking out 6.


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