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SportRed Sox squander five-run lead but still beat Rockies on walkoff

06:40  16 may  2019
06:40  16 may  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The walk - off grand slam helped Boston recover from a wild base- running error. The Red Sox had tied it in the ninth when Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI double after Bogaerts opened the Rodriguez, who gave up four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in 5 1/3 shutout innings, arrived nearly the

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Red Sox squander five-run lead but still beat Rockies on walkoff© BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF J.D. Martinez (right) hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead that didn’t stand up.

For a moment, the momentum built by the Red Sox in recent weeks seemed in jeopardy of vanishing. One night after the bullpen coughed up a late lead en route to an extra-inning defeat against the Rockies, a similar outcome seemed possible on Wednesday.

A comfortable 5-0 lead against Colorado was wiped out, another excellent outing by a Red Sox starter getting wasted by a late-inning meltdown. But this time, the Sox bullpen stopped the leak, buying enough time for the offense — after sleepwalking through six innings — to break through in the bottom of the 10th, as Michael Chavis followed a leadoff double by Xander Bogaerts and an intentional walk to Rafael Devers with a sharp single up the middle. The first walkoff hit of the rookie’s career sent the Red Sox home with a 6-5 victory, pushing the team back to three games over .500 and salvaging a series split against Colorado.

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The Red Sox had a chance to get the lead back with runners on the corners in the seventh, but Benintendi's long fly ball to center was reeled in Red Sox — LHP Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75) makes his first start since taking the loss July 6 against Tampa Bay. Sale leads the AL in strikeouts with 178 and

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The degree of difficulty in the victory proved far greater than expected. The Red Sox jumped on Rockies starter German Marquez for an early five-run advantage. Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and J.D. Martinez strung together straight hits to open the first en route to a 2-0 lead.

The same trio again delivered back-to-back-to-back hits in a three-run third, with Benintendi ripping a triple to center, Betts flicking an RBI single to right, and Martinez crushing a slider into the bullpen for a two-run homer that put the Red Sox ahead, 5-0. Martinez has five homers in his last seven games and nine round-trippers on the year.

Though Rodriguez gave up a pair of runs in the fourth, he mostly seemed in control of the night thanks to a plate-expanding combination of four- and two-seam fastballs, a wipeout changeup, and a slider that gave lefties fits. Through six innings, he’d given up just two runs on seven hits (no homers) and one walk while striking out 10.

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Chavis led off the second with his seventh homer, a 451-foot shot to left that survived a video review Sale’s 17 strikeouts were the most for a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez fanned 17 against Red Sox : 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) remained in limbo after a rehab assignment was postponed

Yet with the lefty’s pitch count at 99 and the Sox still leading, 5-2, manager Alex Cora elected to have Rodriguez return to the mound for the seventh. The decision quickly backfired when three straight lefties reached — Ryan McMahon on a single, Tony Wolters on a double, and Charlie Blackmon when getting clipped by a fastball — to load the bases.

Fireman Matt Barnes was summoned to try to preserve the increasingly unstable 5-2 lead. Instead, the righthander allowed all three inherited runners to score, giving up a two-run single to Trevor Story and, after a Nolan Arenado strikeout, an RBI ground out to pinch hitter Daniel Murphy.

Though Marcus Walden came in to strike out Raimel Tapia and end the inning, the Rockies, for the second straight night, had stormed back to erase what had seemed an insurmountable early deficit. Barnes was charged with his third blown save of the year, making him one of seven pitchers to give up that many leads this season.

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Boston Red Sox 's J.D. Martinez, right, celebrates his three- run home run in front of Houston Astros' Afterward, the Red Sox were sheepish about identifying this weekend’s series as an emotional or important But the Sox bullpen hasn’t been reliable of late. They couldn’t hold a lead on Friday night

Meanwhile, despite his dominance for most of the night, Rodriguez was saddled with an unimpressive line of five runs allowed in six-plus innings on nine hits. Even so, his ability to attack both up and down as well as to both sides of the plate thanks to his expanding pitch mix continues to suggest a pitcher who is making a qualitative leap forward.

Still, he left the game with a no-decision not only because of the late runs allowed but also because Rockies counterpart Marquez settled down after allowing Martinez’s homer. The strike-pumping righty retired 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced and ultimately working into the seventh before getting chased by a pair of singles. He allowed five runs on 10 hits but did not walk a batter and struck out six while throwing 71 percent of his pitches for strikes.

His recovery, in turn, left the contest in the hands of the bullpens. While the Rockies mixed and matched their way through the remainder of the game, the Red Sox turned to the remarkably reliable multi-innings weapon Walden, who delivered 2⅓ perfect innings while striking out four. The appearance was his eighth of at least two innings this year, tied for the most relief appearances of that length in baseball in 2019.

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Red Sox ace Chris Sale was responsible for a career-high 17 of them, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to reach that total in seven or fewer innings. Luplow belted a two- run homer off Manny Banuelos (2-3) in the fourth inning before leading off the sixth with a blast against Josh Osich.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale was responsible for a career-high 17 of them, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to reach that total in seven or Josh Bell smashed two long home runs , Joe Musgrove pitched seven scoreless innings, and visiting Pittsburgh beat Arizona in Phoenix, snapping

Walden’s impressive arsenal — a mid-90s four- and two-seam fastball, low-90s cutter, and sharp slider — have helped him produce a glimmering 1.46 ERA while holding opponents to a .140 average.

He steered the game into extra innings, where Heath Hembree (single, walk, two outs) and Brandon Workman (strikeout of David Dahl) delivered a scoreless 10th inning to position the Sox for their second walkoff of the year.

Alex Speier can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @alexspeier.

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