David Ortiz‘s late inning heroics on Wednesday night powered the Boston Red Sox past the Texas Rangers, 4-2. Down a run in the eighth, Ortiz came through in the clutch, just as he tends to do. He blasted a three run dinger down the right field line that ultimately gave the Sox the series victory.
Lefty Neal Cotts was brought into the game in the eight to specifically face Ortiz. Cotts had owned Ortiz, striking out the slugger in five of six previous match-ups. With the game on the line, Ortiz made no mistake. His towering blast managed to stay fair as it headed down the line and into the seats.
The homer was reviewed by the empires as it was difficult to see the ball in the air. It stood as called.
Boston had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Jackie Bradley scored in third on a throwing error by Robert Ross, the Rangers starting pitcher.
Jake Peavy worked through a potent Texas lineup with great efficiency and effectiveness. Peavy pitched 6 2/3 innings, struck out eight and allowed one run on three hits. Unfortunately Boston could not generate any run support while he was in the game.
Peavy recieved a no decision after Mitch Moreland homered into the bullpen in the seventh. His blast tied the game at one. Andrew Miller was awarded with the win after pitching the eighth. He allowed the Rangers second run on an Alex Rios sacrifice fly.
After Ortiz added yet another classic moment of heroics to the Fenway Park record books, it was all about high five city. Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out one.
The Red Sox are now 4-5 on the season. They’ll welcome the New York Yankees to town on Thursday for the beginning of a four game set. Clay Buchholz will look to bounce back from a shaky season debut in the series opener. He’ll be opposed by Michael Pineda.