Long, wacky night at Fenway finally pays off for Sox

Long, wacky night at Fenway finally pays off for Sox
August 1, 2013, 3:45 am
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BOSTON – Any time a game goes into the 15th inning, there are sure to be some unique and memorable plays. The Red Sox's 5-4 victory Wednesday night/Thursday morning -- won with two outs in the 15th -- certainly had its share. Here's a sampling:

  • Perhaps the most memorable play of the night came in the top of the 15th.  With runners on first and second and one out, Jonny Gomes ended the Mariners threat with the highly rare – and prized, for him, anyway – unassisted double play. By a left fielder.  With the runners in motion, Gomes snared Michael Saunders’ sinking liner for an out, then ran the ball in and stepped on second base to end the inning. “Tell you the truth, myself being a fan of the game, the history of the game,  a numbers guy, it definitely was on purpose,” Gomes said. “I’ve been waiting years to do that. I’ve never had one, never seen one. That’s why I’m glad I got it on my resume.”
  • In the 14th, the Red Sox had the winning run on third base with one out, in the person of Brandon Snyder, who had pinch-hit for Brock Holt and doubled, advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Jacoby Ellsbury. When Shane Victorino flied out to Saunders in center for what would have been a sacrifice fly, Snyder broke for home. But Saunders unleashed a tremendous strike to catcher Humberto Quintero who was waiting to tag Snyder out.
  • In the first, the Red Sox had the bases loaded – twice – but couldn’t score off Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. With no outs, David Ortiz hit into a 1-2-3 double play, with Iwakuma shoveling the ball with his glove to Quintero for the first out. After Mike Napoli walked, Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to end the inning.
  • The Sox did manage to score two runs off Iwakuma in his 5 2/3 innings. Both runs were unearned, thanks to two consecutive Mariners errors.  In the fifth Brock Holt led off the inning with a double, and Jacoby Ellsbury reached when center fielder Dustin Ackley misplayed his fly ball, with Holt going to third. Shane Victorino reached on second baseman Nick Franklin’s error, with Holt scoring. Ellsbury scored on Pedroia’s fielder’s choice.
  • Jerry Meals, umpiring at second base in this game, was again involved in a controversial call after calling out Daniel Nava as the homeplate umpire Monday, ending the eighth inning of that game. This time the Sox were the beneficiaries of Meals’ call. In the 11th,  with Matt Thornton pitching, Kendrys Morales led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Brendan Ryan. With one out, Michael Morse grounded to Stephen Drew at short, who flipped to Dustin Pedroia at second for the force out. However, it appeared Ryan was safe.  Michael Saunders then singled to center, with what could have been the go-ahead hit.
  • And finally, with two outs and the bases loaded in the 15th inning, Stephen Drew -- who singled in the second inning, but was hitless in his next four at-bats – took a 2-and-1 pitch from Lucas Luetge and laced it down the right field line. The ball hit the line and kicked up just enough chalk to prove it was fair, scoring Dustin Pedroia.

It was the Red Sox major league-leading 10th walk-off win this season and their longest game since a 17-inning loss to the Orioles on May 6, 2012. The Sox are 7-4 in extra innings this season, 4-1 at Fenway.

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