Though they rank last in the American League in home runs, the Boston Red Sox have found plenty of other ways to win - especially in extra innings. Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the game's lone run on a wild pitch by Brad Brach in the 11th inning, and Boston used six pitchers to silence the Baltimore Orioles' bats in a 1-0 victory Tuesday night. Boston has won 10 of 13 to move a season-high 23 games over .500 (87-64) and draw closer to clinching a postseason berth.
Here’s a quick little P.S.A. for Major League Baseball teams everywhere: When Jackie Bradley Jr. has the ball in his hand, you probably oughta stop right where you are on the basepaths. The Boston Red Sox center fielder is once again having a tremendous defensive season, and he made one of his finest plays of the campaign Monday night in the Red Sox’s dramatic, come from behind win in 11 innings over the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore designated hitter Pedro Alvarez — who might be the slowest man in all of professional baseball — smoked a ball to the left-center gap in the eighth inning of an 8-8 game. Alvarez really squared it up, which might have worked against him, as it got to Bradley in a heartbeat.
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