BOSTON — The Red Sox dug into the archives Wednesday for a 2013-esque win.
The Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit in the eighth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park. Brock Holt capped the improbable comeback with a walk-off single in the ninth inning that scored Daniel Nava.
Boston’s offense was held in check for most of the game by Chicago starter Chris Sale, who happens to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. But the Red Sox struck for three runs in the eighth inning after Mookie Betts gave the club a much-needed shot in the arm.
Betts beat out a bang-bang play at first base in the eighth. He then realized no one was covering second base, so he raced his way to an infield double. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes then knocked in runs, setting the stage for the dramatic victory.
Betts got hit by a pitch in the ninth. Nava tied the game with a line drive into the left-center field gap that scored Betts all the way from first base. Holt provided the walk-off heroics on a day when the Red Sox went with five rookies in their starting lineup for the first time since 1987.