In the bottom of the ninth inning and one strike away from defeat, Boston’s Nick Green drew the tying run from a controversial ball four. The following at bat sealed the deal as Alex Gonzalez stepped up to hit a walk off Texas leaguer down the left field line for the Boston Red Sox to edge out the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9-8.
“When I hit it, Juan was way back,” said Gonzalez. “I didn’t hit it hard, but I hit it in the perfect spot.” Since signing with the Red Sox this summer, Gonzalez has surprised the club with his new found offensive production. Last night was no different. Along with his late game heroics Gonzalez was consistent all game, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI’s.
Yesterday wasn’t just any ordinary win for the Sox with Kevin Youkilis, Victor Martinez, and Jonathon Papelbon out for different reasons. “I can’t believe what a great game that was,” said Paul Byrd, who gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings in his start for Boston. “It wasn’t just the superstars who came through. You had guys like Nick Green coming up to the plate cold, and Jed Lowrie getting the job done. Alex Gonzalez again gets another big hit for us. It was just a total team effort. It was awesome to watch.”
The Red Sox are now 6 1/2 games up in the Wild Card race and 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East standings. They are set to match up against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards tomorrow after tonights final game hosting LA. The Red Sox and Yankees will meet three more times starting September 25th before the regular season wraps up.
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