After seven and a half innings, Brandon Lowe held the only hit of the ballgame. After the top half of the ninth inning, the Boston Red Sox still had zero hits. That was until Bobby Dalbec tripled into right field for Boston’s first knock of the game, which scored the ghost runner in the 10th inning. But Kevin Kiermaier walked it off in the bottom of the 10th off Hansel Robles following a Trevor Story error.
After Dalbec’s 10th-inning RBI triple, Christian Vazquez sac flew home Dalbec to make it a two-run lead. They ended up with two hits after Story later roped a single down the left field line.
Boston’s pitching staff carried the weight of the night as Garrett Whitlock threw four one-hit innings in his first major-league start in front of his family, and he did it only by tossing 48 pitches. The one hit yielded was a one-out double from Lowe in the fourth, while he struck out seven hitters.
Austin Davis tossed a 1-2-3 fifth before Kutter Crawford had a redemptive three innings tossed where he allowed just one hit. Tyler Danish pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and Hansel Robles was brought on for the 10th.
With two outs, Story had the game in his hands on a ground ball but the throw was well off target and allowed Randy Arozarena — the ghost runner who was on third after a balk — to easily score. That was immediately followed by Kiermaier launching a 372-foot homer over the head of Jackie Bradley Jr. and into the right field seats for a two-run walkoff homer.
Story could have put the game away if he had made the play, though some might find it much more rational to blame Dalbec, who failed to pick it. Either way, the error was issued to Story.
Tomorrow, Rich Hill will take on Shane McClanahan at 1:10 p.m. ET in the series finale. Come back here for our coverage tomorrow afternoon.
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