SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia often flickers excitement. Sometimes it's with his elite speed in center field and on the basepaths. Other times it's with flashes of pop at the plate.Seattle's 6-5 extra-innings victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday showcased a symphony of those abilities.Heredia launched a three-run
SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia often flickers excitement. Sometimes it's with his elite speed in center field and on the basepaths. Other times it's with flashes of pop at the plate.
Seattle's 6-5 extra-innings victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday showcased a symphony of those abilities.
Heredia launched a three-run homer in the second. He endured a ninth-pitch at-bat with two outs by blooping a single to right field in the 13th to extend the Mariners' rally. He took off from first to third on Doug Fister's wild pitch to Mike Zunino, allowing him to waltz in for the game's winning run.
"I think Guillermo's last at-bat typified the ballgame tonight," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "In my opinion, the biggest play in the game was him going first to third on the wild pitch. Keeping his head up there and taking the extra base, allowing him to score the winning run there."
Heredia's 13th-inning at-bat with two outs was full of twists and turns. It started with him fouling off the first two pitches, taking three straight balls and then fouling three more pitches off before dumping a fastball down in the zone to the opposite field for a base hit.
"It was an interesting at-bat," Heredia said through interpreter Fernando Alcalà. "Obviously, a very critical at-bat because it would have been the last out of the game. It was just a matter of from the time I was in the on-deck circle, preparing and making sure I was ready when I got up there."
But he didn't stop there.
Segura's slow ground ball up the middle easily allowed him to score from third. But had he not swiped the extra bag on Fister's wild pitch, scoring during Segura's at-bat is no guarantee.
"I didn't know right away," Heredia said. "I was aggressive on the play and once I looked back, the catcher [Sandy Leon] was a little careless on it and I took off for third."
Boston manager John Farrell doesn't agree with Heredia on his catcher being careless, but he was complimentary of the Mariners' outfielder's speed.
"I don't know that [Leon] lost track," he said. "I can't say that he was just assuming he stopped at second. I don't think he lost track.
"Heredia can fly, so when the ball didn't carom and kick back, stayed close to the back wall, he had a chance to take two bases."
Heredia's been leaned on heavily the last three games, with Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson sidelined with a hyperextended big toe since Sunday.
Heredia offered a lot of the same electrifying qualities that Dyson brings to the Mariners. It showed in a big way on Tuesday.
"Just unbelievable baseball plays there," Mariners reliever Tony Zych said.
Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.