BOSTON – During a raging Thursday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox stopped being pushed around by the Astros and put on perhaps their most entertaining performance of 2021, reclaiming the final of a three-game series with a much needed. 12-8 victory.
With an electric crowd of 23,378 making their presence felt all night long, the Sox and Astros traded hay and oddities. The Red Sox added some great outfield defense to the mix.
Here are some of these hay:
JD Martinez surrounded a first solo homerun through left center to tie the game in third before Christian Vázquez provided a lead with a single RBI. The Astros responded with four runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a Kyle Tucker’s baseline brace.
No problem, said the Sox. Christian Arroyo responded quickly in the bottom of the fifth with a 437-foot three-point moon shot that soared over the Green Monster and onto Lansdowne Street or maybe beyond to tie the game, 7-7.
The tie lasted about as long as it took a fan to hail a Fenway Frank. Jose Altuve had a solo homerun with two strikeouts in the sixth and the Astros were back in the lead.
As you can probably guess, their lead didn’t last the round. The Red Sox picked up their momentum and held it on with a five-point sixth which was capped by free-falling rookie Bobby Dalbec who nearly punched the green monster with a two-point laser beam double. .
The teams combined to score four runs on a walk or stroke per pitch. There was an infield fly rule called with Rafael Devers at bat that was hit 211 feet in the air in the short center field, where Carlos Correa camped below and dropped him.
Seconds after Vázquez took the ball one through sixth, a fan flew onto the pitch in what appeared to be record time, only to be tackled by a slew of security guards.
There was also some electric defense, especially when Alex Verdugo threw a 95 mph throw to take down Altuve trying to stretch a single into a double.