Devers’ walk-off hit leads to big win for the Red Sox over Blue Jays
Rafael Devers’ game-winning hit during the ninth inning to give the Red Sox their first home victory of the season never seemed in doubt.
However, the same can’t be stated of Ted Williams’ claim to the longest homer in the history of Fenway Park.
Devers hit a high-bouncing RBI single with one out in the ninth. Meaning the struggling Boston rallied for a narrow 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The win came in a game in which a Blue Jays homer seemingly challenged Williams’ historic 502-foot home run.
It was Devers’ first career walk-off. After Devers reached first base, he was chased into the shallow right field by his teammates. They jumped on him, and pummeled him with playful jabs.
Mitch Moreland said: “It hasn’t gone quite our way this year. But we’ve got a great team. We gotta keep grinding them out.”
Furthermore, Marcus Walden pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second win of the season.
The loss went to Ken Giles (0-1). He gave up two runs, two hits and walked three in the ninth. Therefore, ending his streak of 34 consecutive converted save opportunities dating back to September 2017. It had been the longest active streak in MLB.
Toronto had taken a 5-0 lead into the third inning.
However, the Red Sox battled back and tied the fixture when Moreland homered during the seventh.
This after Freddy Galvis had put the Blue Jays back in front with a solo run in the eighth innings, as part of a four-hit night. Furthermore, Moreland tied the game again in the ninth. He did this with a one-out double that scored Mookie Betts.
Giles intentionally walked J.D. Martinez. Then, pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez stole third, by putting runners at the corners. Also, Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases to set up Devers’ strike.
Justin Smoak got the scoring going for the Blue Jays. He did this with two on in the third, he roped Eovaldi’s two-out, 99 mph fastball over the centre field wall. Following this Randal Grichuk walked, Rowdy Tellez hit an Eovaldi cutter that landed deep in the right field bleachers.
“It’s the only home run I’ve ever hit in Fenway, so I’d probably say it’s the deepest here,” Tellez said. “Probably say all around the furthest home run I hit in the big leagues.”
Tellez said he’s taking nothing from his short-lived spot in the park’s history books, though.
“Absolutely nothing,” he said. “It’s a home run. All it had to go is 381 feet over the fence. It’s a cool little stat, but it’s a tough loss, so we’re more focused on that.”