The Boston Red Sox recorded an incredible turnaround on Easter Sunday after coming back from 5-0 down against the Baltimore Orioles to clinch a walk-off win in the ninth innings.
Dustin Pedroia sealed the 6-5 victory when left fielder David Lough’s inaccurate throw allowed the batter to nip home and send Fenway Park into a frenzy. The win was seen as a fitting tribute to the victims of the Boston marathon bombings after tributes were made before the game.
The winner came off a Mike Carp hit down the left line which was caught by Lough but with all bases loaded the Baltimore player’s panicked throw missed the third baseman and spun out of reach.
The win sees the Red Sox lift their season record to 9-10 whilst the Orioles fall to 8-9. The victory in the third game of the four game series gives Boston a 2-1 lead and vital momentum.
Fenway Park plays host to a heavyweight three game series between the Red Sox and the Yankees, starting on Tuesday, but Pedroia and company were just focused on this vital turnaround which could be what they need to kickstart their season.
Speaking to MLB.com, match-winner Pedroia said: “Obviously they were in close. I broke real quick in case it fell. He had a chance to throw me out at home. It was great position on their part but it worked out for us. It was kind of a crazy deal.”
Earlier in the game, Baltimore raced into a 5-0 lead at the changeover of innings in the sixth. Boston’s attack and defence simply didn’t turn up in the first half of the game as they conceded regular runs and managed just two hits in the first five innings.
But the real momentum swinger occurred in the sixth when Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer to breathe life back into the game with three innings left.
The problems Boston seemed to suffer were switched to Baltimore who became sloppy in their fielding and pitching, allowing Boston to grab two in the seventh to tie the game up.
Brock Holt it a single down centre field and Grady Sizemore then hit one back to the box which started a race between Holt and the Orioles to second base. Baltimore reliever Zach Britton threw with pace to shortstop Ryan Flaherty who dropped the ball and Holt was declared safe.
With Baltimore reeling and the home fans sensing victory Pedroia loaded the bases and David Oritz smashed a single to provide the one-run RBI.
It became the first walk-off victory of 2014 for the Red Sox after they sealed it in the ninth. Pedroia almost ended the game with his hit which fell short of being a home run by a few inches. Instead the hit turned into a double.
Pedroia raided third after a wild pitch and on strike batter Ortiz walked to set up Napoli. The Red Sox batter, who recently recovered from a dislocated finger, was struck on the left knee by Darren O’Day but continued through the pain to get to first and allow Carp to finish it.
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