Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi were the heroes for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night as they beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 in 11 innings.
Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister lasted just two innings after he gave up five runs (all earned) on four hits and walked five batters.
Boston was down 5-1 as they entered the fifth inning when the offense exploded for six runs after center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single to score designated hitter Christian Vazquez.
Utility infielder Brock Holt drove in two more runs with a single and Betts, who was listed as day-to-day with a thumb sprain, came in clutch and bases-clearing triple to left field to cap the six-run fifth and give Boston a 7-6 lead.
The Orioles would once again take the lead over Boston in their half of the fifth inning after a home run and RBI double were surrendered.
Down by one run in the seventh inning, Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts would knot the game at eight when he blasted a solo shot to center field.
This game, much like 17 other times for Boston, would need extra innings to decide the winner.
Boston loaded the bases with two outs and Benintendi at the dish in the top of the 11 inning. The Rookie of the Year candidate smacked a single to right to drive in two runs for the 10-8 lead and the win.
The Red Sox have a three-game lead in the American League East division over the New York Yankees.
Magic number to clinch the division: 10
Magic number to clinch a playoff berth: 4
Injury update: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left the game in the fourth inning after he fouled a pitch off of his face. He is day-to-day with a nasal contusion.
Game MVP: Andrew Benintendi: he went 2-for-6 on the night including a game-winning two-RBI double.
Honorable mention: Mookie Betts: he also went 2-for-6 and drove in four runs. He had the bases-clearing triple to take the lead from the O’s in the fifth inning.
Fun fact: The Red Sox are 14-3 when they play extra-inning games.
What’s on deck: The Red Sox (86-64) continue their three-game set against the O’s (73-78) on Tuesday night when they send Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA) to the mound to oppose Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.83 ERA).
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.