Though they were unable to generate win No. 20 for teammate Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox posted a dramatic, walk-off 5-4 win in their final home game of the season.
Mookie Betts scored all the way from first first base on a single by Rafael Devers off the glove of an Orioles infielder. Betts never stopped running and slid in with the game-winning run.
The Sox had taken a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the final inning that Rodriguez had pitched. But Matt Barnes blew the save in the top of the eighth, allowing an unearned run to deprive Rodriguez's victory.
Rafael Devers finished with three hits, giving him 201 for the season.
WHO: Red Sox (83-78) vs. Baltimore (54-107)
WHEN: 3:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Boston 11-7
SERIES TO DATE: Baltimore 2-0
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (19-6, 3.76) vs. RHP Chandler Shepherd (0-0, 7.71)
6:15 That might be the catch of the year at Fenway, as Wilkerson -- who misplayed two balls in the third inning -- makes a leaping catch to take a two-run homer away from Jackie Bradley Jr.
5:59 Jonathan Villar singles up the middle to score Hanser Alberto from second and there goes win No. 20 for Rodriguez.
5:30 There's the 200th base hit of the season for Devers.
5:13 The Red Sox season in a nutshell: With a chance to go ahead and get Rodriguez the runs necessary to win No. 20, the Sox load the bases with no outs....and get just one run out of it.
5:03 Red Sox load 'em up, and a hard line drive single by Christian Vazquez scores Xander Bogaerts, tying the game. It's 3-3 with a pitching change as Evan Phillips is on.
4:02 Back-to-back singles from the top of the order -- Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers -- plus an error by Wilkerson, who's having a brutal inning, produce two runs.
3:58 The late-afternoon sun (in the third inning!) blinds Baltimore right fielder Steve Wilkerson, who misplay's a ball hit by Gorkys Hernandez into a one-out triple.
3:48 After cruising through the first two innings, Eduardo Rodriguez runs into trouble in the third. Leadoff walk, bunt and two hits -- single to center for Hanser Alberto and a Wall double by Austin Hays -- produce a 2-0 lead for Baltimore.