Mookie for the Walk Off and the Win [VIDEO]
Mookie Betts' solo shot in the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Fenway faithful home happy Friday night, July 27th as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3. It was Betts' 1st career walk off homer.
The Red Sox were up 2-1 going into the top of the 9th inning, but Craig Kimbrel blew the save, for just the 3rd time this season, allowing 2 runs to score.
Rafael Devers tied the game with a line drive homer into the bullpen, his 15th of the season, and then Betts' 25th homer won it. Jackie Bradely Jr. hit a 2 run homer in the 5th for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox nearly wasted another dominant pitching performance by Chris Sale, who went 6.0 innings striking out 10 and walking 2. He allowed just 3 hits and no runs. Sale is now the 1st pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts this year and is the 1st major league pitcher to reach 200 strike outs in each of the last 6 seasons. He joined Roger Clemens, Bert Blyleven, Mickey Lolich, Walter Johnson, Felix Hernandez and Sam McDowell as the 7th American League pitcher ever to record 200 plus strikeouts in at last 6 consecutive seasons.
The New York Yankees were rained out on Friday night and will play a doubleheader on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox enter Saturday 5 games ahead of the 2nd place Yankees.
The Red Sox will play the Twins Saturday night in the 3rd game of the 4 games series. Rick Porcello is scheduled to take the mound with the pregame starting at 6:25 and 1st pitch at 7:10 on AM 1370 WDEA.