Herrera's hit gives Sox 3-2 walk-off win in Game 1

Herrera's hit gives Sox 3-2 walk-off win in Game 1
July 5, 2014, 4:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Jonathan Herrera didn't get all of it, but he got plenty of T.J. McFarland's offering to give the Red Sox a walk-off win, 3-2 in Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Orioles on Saturday.

With the score tied at 2 in the ninth, Jonny Gomes pinch hit for Stephen Drew to lead off and legged out an infield single on a ball hit into the hole at shortstop. Herrera followed with a bloop single on a 1-and-0 pitch to right-center field to plate Gomes, who slid in head-first before he was mobbed by teammates.

The RBI single by Herrera, who pinch-hit for Jackie Bradley Jr., made a winner out of Koji Uehara after his perfect ninth inning. It also ended a three-game Red Sox losing streak.

Jon Lester kept the Red Sox in it with eight strong innings to continue his torrid stretch on the mound. He struck out seven and didn't walk anyone or allow an earned run.

Drew got the scoring started for the Red Sox in the second inning when he attacked a first-pitch fastball that Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left up in the zone. The shortstop, hitting .136 coming into the game, sent the offering over the bullpen wall in right field to give Boston a 1-0 lead. It was his first regular-season homer since last September and first since Game 6 of the World Series.

Two batters later, Bradley Jr. doubled into the right-center field gap. When Brock Holt followed with an infield single, Bradley scored after the ball got away from first baseman Steve Pearce.

In this game, though, errors hurt the Red Sox more than they helped. In the top of the third inning Delmon Young reached on a rare Dustin Pedroia throwing error. After a Caleb Joseph single, Xander Bogaerts booted a Pearce ground ball that allowed both Joseph and Young to score.

 

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