Jays error caps off wild 9th inning for Red Sox

Jays error caps off wild 9th inning for Red Sox
June 30, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox picked up their seventh walk-off win of the season on Sunday.

On an error.

With runners on first and second and one out in a 4-4 game in the bottom of the ninth, Shane Victorino hit a ground ball at Toronto first baseman Josh Thole. The ball got under his glove and rolled into the outfield, scoring pinch runner Jonathan Diaz from second to give Boston a 5-4 win.

It topped a crazy ninth inning that saw Koji Uehara blow his first save as the team's newest closer in the top half of the inning.

In that top half of the ninth, and the Red Sox holding a 4-3 lead, Victorino made a great defensive play before he was involved in the game-winning play in the bottom of the ninth.

Jose Reyes led the top of the ninth off with what looked to be a sure hit down the right-field line. But Victorino covered plenty of ground and made a sliding catch at the line. Had he not made the play, Reyes surely would have had an inside-the-park home run.

"Given that the next hitter [Bautista] hit one out of the ballpark, you can look at a number of things that saved the day," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the win. "And that catch that [Victorino] slides, that's a fair ball. One of the main reasons he's been signed here is to cover that ground. And just an outstanding job again today.

"We've seen that a number of times. I can't say that we've become accustomed to or take it for granted, the range he has out there, but he's made many, many plays equivalent to today's."

Victorino would have never had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth had Brandon Snyder not lined a one-out single to right field. he advanced to second on a Jacoby Ellsbury walk, and Diaz replaced him as the pinch runner.

Farrell said he didn't even think of pinch-hitting for Snyder, even though David Ortiz told him he would be ready.

"No, not against a left-hander," said Farrell. "Today, we intended to give David [Ortiz] a day off completely. He did come to me late in the game and said he was available, if needed. Fortunately we got to the point where we didn't need him.

"And the defensive play that Snyder made down the line in that eighth inning, in addition to to the two RBIs, I mean, he earned the at-bat. Right-hander against a left-hander, the way the wind's blowing, if he hits one up in the air there was a chance to run one out of here. So, I didn't consider it."

Snyder made Farrell look good, and Victorino got a chance to make an impact both defensively and offensively in the ninth.

The win marked Boston's first walk-off win involving an error since 2010 against Detroit.