Hanley Ramirez popped a sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the ninth inning to score Andrew Benintendi and give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead that they would not relinquish in a win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel shut the door in the ninth inning to notch the 300th save of his career, becoming just the 29th pitcher in major league history to accomplish the feat. He became the youngest pitcher to reach the mark at age 29, and also accomplished it in the fewest appearances (494) and save opportunities (330), according to Red Sox Notes on Twitter.
The Red Sox entered the top of the seventh inning down 5-3, only to score three runs in the final three innings for the comeback win. The Red Sox bullpen pitched three total innings of shutout baseball, including a clutch two-out performance for Joe Kelly. The fireballer struck out Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded to get out of the late jam and help spur the Red Sox’ comeback.
Mookie Betts didn’t homer for the first time in four games, but he made an electrifying baserunning play in the top of the seventh. After Andrew Benintendi hit a shallow double to left-center, Betts slowed down as he got to third, only to catch Profar napping and dart home to score a run, coming all the way from first base on the play.
Up Next: The Red Sox (24-9) get a chance to win the four-game series over the Rangers on Sunday, with Chris Sale (2-1, 2.14 ERA) opposing former Red Sox starter Doug Fister (1-2, 2.88 ERA).
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