The Boston Red Sox went on a six-run rally in the 8th inning to win the game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday on the series finale. The Reds had won the first two games of the series each by one-run as coming into the game the Sox were only one game above .500.
What happened before the 8th for the Red Sox
Chris Sale started for the Red Sox but came out in the 4th inning due to left shoulder soreness. This is another in a string of injuries for the lefty since he had begun his tenure with the Red Sox. Just before the injury, Sale was starting off strong.
"“Sore shoulder. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow and we’ll know more.”-Alex Cora on Chris Sale’s injury during the postgame press conference"
Also in the 4th inning, Rafael Devers scored on a Justin Turner RBI single to tie the game at 1. Then in the 7th, Kike Hernandez hit a solo homer to take the lead. After the Reds tied it up at 2 in the 8th inning that’s when the rally started.
Red Sox jam-packed 8th inning
The rally started with a Raffy RBI double towards center field that brought home Dougie. After that, Turner singled and advanced Raffy to third. Devers however was out on a rundown at home plate when Yoshida grounded into fielder’s choice.
Rafael Tapia pinch ran for Turner, then Duran intentionally walked. Reds relief pitcher Kevin Herget balked when it was bases loaded and Tapia scored on the balk.
Kike then hit a 2-run single that scored Yoshida and Duran and then it capped off with Connor Wong’s 6th homer of the season which was a 2-run homer to bring the score to 8-2.
Although not a save situation, Kenley Jansen closed the game for the Red Sox and brings home the win for the series finale.
Red Sox Defensive play of the game: Dugie uses his arm to gun down Spencer Steer
Alex Verdugo got his 4th assist of the season after he caught a fly ball and then Spencer Steer tried to book it for home but it was not in time because Dugie was able to get it to Wong.
Verdugo has been known to have a strong arm and he shows it on the play.
The Red Sox will remain at home for a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend, including a experimental schedule doubleheader on Saturday that a few teams are trying this season.