Two Ejected in Frustrating Walk-Off Loss

May 11

Anderson pitches for the Braves against Eovaldi. As of last night, Martinez has reached base in 23 games in a row, the longest streak for the Sox since Manny Ramirez was also on base in 23 consecutive games in 2001. With one out in the top of the second, Verdugo doubles down the right-field line. He only stays there until Story hits his first home run for Boston to dead center. The Sox have a 2-0 lead. With two out in the top of the third, Devers doubles to right and extends his hit streak to six straight. He has at least one hit in 27 of 31 games. The only other Boston player to get one hit in 26 of the first 30 in the last 20 years was Ellsbury on the championship club of 2013. Martinez singles up the middle to score Devers and make it 3-0 and moves to second on the throw home. A groundout ends the inning, but as I said last night, a lead is important against a team that just won its first World Series since the mid-1990s. With a runner at first and one out in the bottom of the inning, Demeritte gets Atlanta back in it with a homer to left to make it 3-2. This is his third of the year. A single and a stolen base put the next man in scoring position so Swanson can score and tie the game on a double to center by Olson, and now it’s 3-3. The Braves do not take the lead in the inning.

The Sox put runners at first and second with one out in the top of the sixth, forcing Anderson out of the game in the process. A force out puts runners at the corners with two out and a walk loads the bases. Plawiecki strikes out to end the inning on a low pitch. He slams his helmet down and is thrown out of the game by plate umpire Adam Beck. Cora comes out too late to save him and gets himself ejected as well, shouting at the plate umpire, "You’re better than that!" as he walks out. Well, that’s true. A walk would have given Boston the lead and maybe more. That was well worth getting run for! Will Venable will take the manager post for the rest of the night. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Riley doubles to right but does not go further than that. With a runner at first and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Arcia sends everybody home with a walk-off homer to left. The Plawiecki call in the sixth proves costly in the end of a 5-3 loss.