In the seventh inning, the Red Sox were rallying, getting a two-run single from Mike Carp to bring them to within two runs at 6-4. With Mike Napoli at third and Carp at first, the Sox had the potential tying run on base and Xander Bogaerts at the plate.
But the Sox bench had put Carp, who had exactly two stolen bases in his career, attempt to steal second and he was gunned down easily, wiping out the rally.
"On the 0-and-2 count to Bogaerts,'' said Farrell, ''we gambled a little bit to get 90 feet. I know we were down two (runs) with Xander at the plate, we're thinking it might be a breaking ball. We sent him to try to create something, try to be a little bit more aggressive. It didn't work out.''
"Just trying to take advantage of the situation,'' said Carp. "With the 0-and-2 count, we're hoping for a ball in the dirt and hopefully score that run and I'm standing on second or something would happen -- trying to get things rolling and maybe (the catcher) throws the ball into center field.
"It's just one of those thing -- they threw a fastball up, tailor made (for the catcher to throw) and I'm very slow. It's just about opportunities. Aggressive mistakes are the best kind of mistakes. We pride ourselves as a team to take that extra base. It always helps out for us. Unfortunately it didn't work out.''