This Boston Red Sox team sure has been exciting in the early going.
It appeared as though Boston’s win streak was going to be halted at seven games Sunday afternoon, as it trailed the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning.
But the Red Sox turned that deficit into an advantage, posting six runs — all with two outs — in the frame en route to an 8-7 victory, a series sweep and an eight-game win streak.
Hanley Ramirez singled to leadoff the inning, then took second on a wild pitch. Mitch Moreland came up after outs from J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt, and skied a ball off the wall in left, driving Ramirez in with a double to cut the lead to 7-3.
Eduardo Nunez lined a ball out to center to put runners on the corners. Then, Rafael Devers ripped a liner down the left-field line for a double, plating both Moreland and Devers after the ball hit hard on the wall and rolled away from left fielder Mallex Smith.
With Boston’s deficit cut to two, Christian Vazquez came through and pulled the Sox within one on a liner to center that allowed Devers to score from second.
Vazquez narrowly scored on the next at-bat, with Mookie Betts lining a single to left. The catcher was sent home and just beat the tag at the plate, tying the game at seven.
With all the momentum on their side, the Sox took the lead as they finished batting through the order. Smith was unable to track down Andrew Benintendi’s fly ball ticketed for the Green Monster, as Betts easily scored from second.
Craig Kimbrel came in and closed the deal with a perfect ninth, capping off the incredible finish.
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