Just when it looked like the Atlanta Braves were going to walk out of Boston with a win, the Red Sox stormed back, winning the game on a walk-off error to finish the sweep.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth of a tie-game, Xander Bogaerts hit a sharp grounder to Braves third baseman Chris Johnson made the throw to try and nab the lead runner. The ball eluded Atlanta second baseman Tommy La Stella and Jackie Bradley Jr. raced home to end the game. The Sox team was celebrating before Bradley even crossed home plate.
Resiliency was a key characteristic of last year’s championship club and they showed it again tonight. Jake Peavy had a fantastic start, going eight strong innings, giving up only three earned runs in the no-decision. Koji Uehara earned his first win and has been a busy guy as of late, which is always good news for Red Sox Nation.
The top of the lineup supplied most of the offense as lead-off hitter Brock Holt went 3-for-4 and Bogaerts added three hits right behind him from out of the two hole.
Boston scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Braves defense seemed to forget that they needed to get 27 outs to end the game. One can imagine that Fredi Gonzalez is going to be giving his squad a stern talking to after they let this one get away.
The Sox will look to keep things going against a team that just swept them, the Tampa Bay Rays. Brandon Workmain will take the mound against David Price, and a win tonight will go a long way to turning this momentum up another notch.