Red Sox walk in winning run, hand Giants come-from-behind victory

DJ Bean
August 20, 2013 - 9:19 pm
Brayan Villarreal walked Marco Scutaro on four pitches with the bases loaded to walk in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday at AT&T Park. The Rays defeated the Orioles again on Tuesday, so the Red Sox loss puts Boston and Tampa Bay tied atop the American League East. Jake Peavy allowed one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings on a night in which he walked one batter and collected five strikeouts. The lone Giants run against Boston's starter came in the fifth inning, when Joaquin Arias tripled to score Roger Kieschnick. The Giants would tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when Shane Victorino elected to catch a foul ball off the bat of Buster Posey with one out and allow Marco Scutaro to tag up and score. The Red Sox got on the board in the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a sacrifice fly from Mike Carp, though San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong was fortunate to get out of the inning with just one run allowed. The Sox had two runners in scoring position following Carp's sac fly, but both Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts failed to score them. Victorino made it a 2-0 lead for Boston with a solo shot in the top of the third, but that would be the extent of the damage the Sox would do against Vogelsong. The Giants starter ended up going seven innings, allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five on 103 pitches. Bogaerts, who made his major league debut, started at shortstop went 0-for-3 at the plate before being taken out as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the sixth inning. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- Bogaerts figures to have many stellar offensive performances ahead of him, but his major league debut was not one of them. By grounding out to end innings in his first two at-bats, Bogaerts stranded five runners on base in the first three innings of the game. He struck out swinging in his third and final at-bat of the game before being taken out as part of a double switch when Peavy exited the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. -- Peavy, who showed plenty of emotion (which translates to frustration) at points during his outing, was not a happy camper when he got the hook after 92 pitches. San Francisco's local telecast reportedly showed him saying "Are you [expletive] kidding me?" as John Farrell emerged from the dugout after Peavy had gotten Hunter Pence to fly out. Farrell's decision proved correct enough, however, as Craig Breslow came on and got Brandon Crawford to ground out to end the inning and strand Brandon Belt, who had led off the inning with a double, at second base. -- After going 0-for-4 in Monday's shutout, Belt had little trouble at the plate against Peavy and the Red Sox bullpen Tuesday night. The Giants first baseman fell a homer shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 performance. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- Victorino followed Monday's three-hit performance with another strong showing at the plate. His homer, which came on a full count in the top of the third, was his eighth of the season. Victorino had something of an adventure on a Belt fly ball that went over his head and resulted in a triple, and though he probably could have caught the ball had he judged it better earlier, the miscue did not cost the Sox any runs. -- Though he didn't shine at the plate, Bogaerts did save a run with a good defensive play to end the bottom of the fifth inning. With Arias on third base with two out, Scutaro hit a high chopper past the mound that Bogaerts had to charge in a hurry for a shot at getting Scutaro at first. He was off from the crack of the bat and managed to zip the ball to first just in time to beat the sliding Scutaro and prevent the Giants from tying the game.