BOSTON -- With one game to go, this Red Sox-Yankees series has been anything but dull -- with Boston coming out on top each of the first three contests.
While the Red Sox-Yankees atmosphere of old is peering is head out, the more important component is Boston mounting two comeback wins in the seventh inning or later.
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Hanley Ramirez started the trend Thursday with the walk-off home run, which appears to have been a shot in the arm for his team.
“That walk-off from Hanley [was] a table-setter for us,” Xander Bogaerts said after Saturday’s win. “We were down against probably one of the best closers in the game in [Dellin] Betances and we just scratched, scratched, scratched and got some runs. Then Hanley hit it out.”
But Saturday’s win was a little different.
They didn’t walk-off, or come back to blow out the Yankees. It took patience throughout the game and contributions from the bullpen, as well as the offense.
“The gradual fight, the constant keep coming from a lineup standpoint -- build an inning, add a run. The two-run blow by Bogey to get us closer. Yeah, this was a little more methodical than just one big inning and that takes contributions from many.”
The win caps off a week where the Red Sox had three late come-from-behind wins, all coming from a team that’d been labeled a front-runner.
The final stretch has put Boston in a position where they have to face teams within their division every day, with three of the four fighting for a playoff berth. It was also the latest major test for this Red Sox club with postseason-life on the balance everyday.
No matter the scenario or the obstacle, they seem to be up for the task. Something you’d expect from a playoff team.
Which -- in case you haven’t caught on -- is exactly what this Boston Red Sox team is.
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