#RedSox Game Summary (September 15) Wake-Up Call

#RedSox Game Summary (September 15) Wake-up call. it may have taken 15 innings, but the Red Sox got a clear message: time to turn it on. Chris Sale had a disappointing start, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and an unusual 3 walks over just 5 2/3rds innings, with 9 punch-outs. Kevin Kiermaier was a major force for Tampa Bay, notably contributing 2 hits in 6 at-bats, including a home run, but 2 critical and amazingly athletic catches in the outfield. The Sox opened the scoring in the 1st when Xander Bogaerts was hit by Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, advanced to 2nd on a fielder’s choice, and score on a single by Andrew Benintendi. The Rays matched that run when Kiermaier singled and scored on an Evan Longoria single. In the 4th, Mitch Moreland’s solo bomb put the Sox ahead, 2-1, but that lead was short lived. After Sale walked Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos hit a 2 run jack to put Tampa Bay ahead. In the 6th, Adeiny Hechavarria homered, to end Sale’s night. The Rays picked up another run on a solo blast by Wilson Ramos in the 8th off Matt Barnes, to make the score 5-2, Rays. But in the 9th, Boston mounted a heroic comeback, when Mitch Moreland walked, reached 2nd on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay reliever Alex Colome, and scored on a fielding error by Danny Espinosa. Rafael Devers, who reached on that error, got to 2nd on a Christian Vázquez single, and scored on a Sandy León single. Rajai Davis, who pinch-ran for León, scored on a Bogaerts single to tie the score. On we went to extra innings. In the 14th, Mookie Betts singled, reached 2nd on a Moreland single, and scored on a single by Rafael Devers. Kiermaier homered for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the inning to re-tie the score. In the 15th, the Sox blew the game open, as Jackie Bradley, Jr. walked, reached 2nd on a Bogaerts single, and scored on an error when Dustin Pedroia reached on a fielding error by Rays 2nd baseman Brad Miller. Andrew Benintendi drove in Bogaerts. Another Rays error allowed Devers to reach base, and Benintendi to score. Deven Marrero’s double drove in 2 more runs. Marrero scored on a Bogaerts single, to establish an insurmountable 7 run lead. Marrero and Betts also doubled in the game, as did the Rays’ Peter Bourjos. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 13-6 in 15 innings, at Tropicana Field. Record: 84-63. Game 147/15.


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