After a solid outing from Joe Kelly, the Boston Red Sox needed some help from the bullpen to keep their three-run lead. The group responded, surrendering one hit and one earned run in three innings with four strikeouts.
Part of that success came from Matt Barnes, who Sox manager John Farrell is slowly trusting in bigger and bigger situations. Barnes retired the only batter he faced in the eighth inning, and the Red Sox went on to win 4-2.
“(Friday), the game against Minnesota where he’s come in with men on base — you know, close games, tying or potential go-ahead runs (on base), he’s making quality pitches,” Farrell said. “Regardless of whether it’s the sixth inning or the ninth inning, what we’ve seen is a guy who takes a similar approach.”
Check out more from Farrell in the video above.
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