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Rings to walk-offs: Top Sox moments of '19

November 11, 2019

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox fell well short of their goal of becoming Major League Baseball’s first repeat champion since 2000, there were still plenty of moments to remember in '19. Here are 10 that stand out.

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox fell well short of their goal of becoming Major League Baseball’s first repeat champion since 2000, there were still plenty of moments to remember in '19.

Here are 10 that stand out.

1. Devers puts on historic hitting clinic
Aug. 13 vs. Indians
If ever there was a night the Sox needed a win, this was it. The night before, Xander Bogaerts hit a dramatic game-tying homer in the top of the ninth, only for Boston to fall further out of postseason contention by losing it in the bottom of the ninth in Cleveland. But Rafael Devers got them off the mat with one of the most impressive hitting performances in team history. The 22-year-old went 6-for-6 with four doubles. In so doing, the third baseman became the first player in Major League history to record six or more hits and four or more doubles in the same game. The Red Sox beat the Indians, 7-6, in 10 innings.

2. Barrage by Betts belts Bombers
July 26 vs. Yankees
If ever there was a weekend the Red Sox believed they were going to make the playoffs, it was this four-game Fenway series against the Yankees. The Sox took the first three games, outscoring their rivals, 38-13. The middle game was a Friday night, and Mookie Betts went off, belting homers over the Green Monster in his first three at-bats against lefty James Paxton. Remarkably, it was the fifth time Betts hit three homers in a game, extending his own club record. The Sox beat the Yanks, 10-5.

3. Sale masterful, immaculate in KC
June 5 vs. Royals
At this point of the season, Chris Sale looked like he was going to put all of his early-season struggles in the past and become a dominant force again. The lanky lefty was never better than this night in Kansas City, when he fired a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts that included an immaculate eighth inning -- his second of the season. The Red Sox won, 8-0.

4. Holt walks it off in record time
Aug. 22 vs. Royals
In a Fenway day like no other that preceded it, Brock Holt delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning -- just 12 minutes into the continuation of a suspended game from two weeks earlier. Though short, it was a joyous day at the ballpark, as the crowd was packed with children who were admitted for free. Adults got in for $5, with all proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund. The general seating area was mostly full -- the Red Sox scanned 16,441 tickets and the crowd was enthusiastic. Boston sold more than 11,000 hot dogs at $1 a pop, and nearly 4,000 kids ran the bases after the game. The Sox won, 5-4, in 10 innings.

5. Vázquez sends everybody home
June 21 vs. Blue Jays
Christian Vázquez started this game on the bench. He finished it at home plate, mobbed by his teammates after smashing the second walk-off homer of his career. The Red Sox trailed this one, 5-1, entering the bottom of the seventh. But they came storming back, and Vázquez finished it by walloping one off the roof of the bullpen in right-center and into the bleachers. The Sox won, 7-5, in 10 innings.

6. Devers comes up clutch
April 11 vs. Blue Jays
In the second home game of the season, Devers gave cause for joy with a bouncy walk-off single through a drawn-in infield. It was one of the rare soft hits of the year for Devers, who led the Majors in hard-hit batted balls for nearly the entire season. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 7-6.

7. Chavis' first career walk-off
May 15 vs. Rockies
In his first few weeks as a Major Leaguer, Michael Chavis kept providing big hits for the Red Sox. His biggest was on this Fenway night against the Rockies when he smashed a 108-mph single into center for his first career walk-off hit. “I think that’s what every kid dreams about, honestly,” said Chavis. The Sox won, 6-5, in 10 innings.

8. Betts walks off with … a walk
June 12 vs. Rangers
Sometimes you’ll take a win any way you can get it. That’s how the Red Sox felt when Betts walked with the bases loaded to lead them to a 4-3 walk-off win in a Wednesday matinee against the Rangers. The Sox won, 4-3.

9. Marco marks comeback with big hit
June 24 vs. White Sox
Walk-off hits are always special, but this one had some added meaning. Marco Hernández had missed nearly two entire seasons with three surgeries on his left shoulder, but that misery seemed far away when he had an infield roller that shortstop Tim Anderson couldn’t make a play on, giving the Red Sox the win with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Hernández was swarmed by his teammates in the victory pile just beyond first base. The Red Sox beat the White Sox, 6-5.

10. Banner day for champs
April 9 vs. Blue Jays
On this day, all the fun was before the game started. Prior to the Fenway Park opener, the Red Sox received their shiny World Series rings as another championship banner -- the fourth in a span of 15 years -- was raised. "The ceremony was beautiful," said Boston manager Alex Cora. "That's how we do it here. They do an outstanding job on those days, and it was very special." The Sox were defeated by the Blue Jays, 7-5.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.