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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 6, Rays 5 (12) – Martinez and Sox walk-off the Rays

All you need to know about the Red Sox' loss, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Comeback win a statement game: From the eighth inning on, the Red Sox erased deficits three times, finally posting a walk-off win in the bottom of the 12th. The first comeback came in the bottom of the eighth when Christian Vazquez homered over everything in left, tying the game at 3-3. In the 11th, after the Rays had gone ahead in the top of the inning, the Sox countered with a run on the first hit of the season from Rafael Devers. Finally, in the 12th, down to their last out, the Red Sox got a two-run double to right from J.D. Martinez, who drilled a hard liner over the head of Tampa Bay outfielder. For all the ridicule the Red Sox (rightly) received for being swept by the Orioles, the Sox have rallied with two big wins against a quality team, one that had beaten them soundly at Fenway over the last two seasons (12-1). Yes, it's early, and it's dangerous to overreact one way or another based on the first five games of a long season. But the fact that the Sox were able to rally three times late in the game says something about their mettle.

Martinez goes from goat to hero: In the eighth inning, Martinez doubled home a run and was on second base with one down when Rafael Devers hit a liner to right. Martinez broke as soon as the ball was hit, and was rounding third when he A) noticed the ball had been caught and B) that there only been one out. He was then picked off second for an inning-ending double play in an embarrassing sequence. But twice in the final three innings, he got his chance at redemption. In the 10th, with Enrique Hernandez on third and Alex Verdugo on first, the Rays brought the infield in and Willy Adames made a diving stop to cut down a grounder from Martinez, freezing the runner at third. Two innings later, Martinez got one more shot and this time made good. With the Sox trailing by a run and runner on second and third, outfielder Randy Arozorena moved in a few steps in right to give himself a chance to throw the potential winning run at the plate. But Martinez thwarted that by driving a liner over the head of Arozarena, scoring both baserunners and sending the Sox home tired but happy.

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