Farrell: 'We caught a break' on final play

Farrell: 'We caught a break' on final play
April 21, 2014, 12:30 am
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BOSTON -- Mike Carp looked down for a second, defeated. His hard-hit line drive in the bottom of the ninth inning was caught in shallow left field by Baltimore's David Lough -- not quite deep enough to score Dustin Pedroia from third for the game-winning run.

Then, a roar.

"I turn around," Carp said, "and everyone's going nuts."

It appeared as though Lough made a hard throw to cut-off man Jonathan Schoop at third base, though Schoop dodged the ball to let it go through to home. Instead of landing in catcher Matt Wieters' mitt, the throw bounced away to the back stop.

After initially tagging up and getting back to third, Pedroia saw the errant toss rolling around and broke for home. He scored without a play and the Red Sox had their first walk-off win of the season, 6-5.

"Obviously they were in close," Pedroia said of the O's outfield. "I broke [home] real quick in case it fell, he would've had a chance to throw me out at home. It was just one of those things, great positioning on their part. Worked out for us. It was kind of a crazy deal."

It was the third error for the game for Baltimore, leading to the second unearned run of the night. O's reliever Brian Matusz also threw a wild pitch to allow Pedroia -- who doubled high off the wall to lead off the ninth -- to move to third.

"He's going in circles," Carp said with a smile. "He's running around everywhere."
 
The second baseman's ability to read plays while on the basepaths was on display at a time his team most needed it.

"Ball in the dirt. We're always looking to advance 90 feet and he did it," Farrell said of Pedroia's read on the wild pitch. "And then he's got the presence of mind to get back and tag up. We caught a break with a throw off line."

Though it was Pedroia's turn to make the smart plays late in the game, the Red Sox believe their collective baseball IQ is one of the team's greatest strengths.

"He's obviously a step ahead of the game . . . Heck of a ballplayer," Jonny Gomes said of Pedroia. "He does all the right things."

Added Sunday's starter Jake Peavy: "I wouldn't want anybody else making that decision other than Pedey. . . . Baseball IQ, this room's full of it. At the end of the day, we might get beat, but we're gonna play the game, for the most part, day in day out, the way it should be played."