Boston Red Sox fall in extras


There has been plenty of baseball played at Fenway over the past two days, with a double-header on Saturday, and extra innings on Sunday.

Jake Peavy put in a strong outing for Boston, going six innings and allowing two runs, only one earned, while striking out three. The first run came on a throwing error by Xander Bogaerts in the fourth that allowed Nelson Cruz to cross the plate. Peavy later gave up a sac fly in the sixth, leaving the game down 2-0, but the Red Sox cut the lead in half thanks to a David Ortiz RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

So a total of three runs were scored in the first six innings, before the bullpens took over, and nine runs were scored in the seventh inning alone. Burke Badenhop only retired one batter and was saddled with three earned runs, while Junichi Tazawa was charged with a single earned run during the four run Baltimore seventh. All four runs came on three singles in the inning; two of the run scoring hits came with Tazawa on the hill, but two of the runners belonged to Badenhop.

David Ross got a seventh inning rally off to a good start with his solo home run, followed by a multitude of singles that drove in four more Red Sox runners, tying the game at six.

Jackie Bradley Jr. came through with a fantastic grab in deep center field in the top of the ninth to preserve the tie game, and the bullpens buckled down, refusing to allow another run until the top of the 12th.

In the 12th, Edward Mujica gave up a triple to David Lough, who was driven in by a J.J. Hardy single. In the bottom of the inning, Baltimore brought on their closer, Zach Britton, to face the heart of the Red Sox lineup, Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz, and Mike Napoli.

Pedroia led off with a strikeout, but Ortiz followed him with a single. Problem was, Ortiz tried to stretch a single into a double, and was thrown out by a good 10 feet. Napoli was caught looking to end the game and give the Orioles a 7-6 victory.