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The Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers Tuesday night thanks to a walk-off home run from David Ortiz in the bottom of the ninth. The Sox won 6-3.
According to ESPN.COM, Starting pitcher Jon Lester pitched sharply, locating his pitches throughout the night, finishing with 6 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 earned runs and 4 strikeouts. His counterpart, Derek Holland of the Rangers, pitched even better, allowing only two 2 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings pitched. Both teams struggled to score late and it looked like the Red Sox and Rangers would follow in the footsteps of the Bruins the previous night and take this game into extra innings. On Tuesday night, it took the Bruins two overtimes to beat the Penguins.
The Rangers led the game through 6 innings, but in the bottom of 7th, Mike Napoli came up with runners on the corners and one out, and hit a slow dribbler to shortstop Elvis Andrus. It seemed to be a easy double play ball, with the slow Napoli running, but to Napoli’s credit, he hustled and beat out the play, allowing the runner from 3rd to score and tie the game. Mike Napoli has played well for the Red Sox this season. Napoli is hitting .270 with 8 homer runs and 47 RBI and proves that he is worth a extension night in and night out.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Sox broke the game open. Johnny Gomes led the inning off with a double, and then manager Ron Washington choose to intentionally walk Dustin Pedroia, in hopes of setting up a double play ball with the slow David Ortiz on deck. Big Papi did not take kindly to this. As soon as the pitching coach’s visit came to a conclusion. Ortiz walked up to the plate and smacked a game-winning, three-run home run over the right field wall to send Fenway into a frenzy.
When asked at the end of the game by NESN reporter Jenny Dell about what he thought about Pedroia being intentionally walked just before him so the Rangers could face him, Ortiz, speaking in front of a roaring crowd, simply said, “You know Papi,” and smiled.
Gomes and Jacoby Ellsbury both swung hot bats, finishing with 4 hits a piece. Nemesis Adrian Beltre, who played for the Sox several years ago, played solid for the Rangers, finishing 3-4 with a home run, but in the end it was the Sox who took this game in dramatic fashion, thanks to Ortiz. This was Ortiz’s 19th career game-winning hit, according to MLB.COM.