BOSTON -- For the second straight night, the Red Sox and Phillies were in the mood for some extra-innings drama.And for the second time in 24 hours, the Red Sox earned their victory in walk-off fashion. In the 12th inning, Andrew Benintendi blasted a game-ending single to right field to
BOSTON -- For the second straight night, the Red Sox and Phillies were in the mood for some extra-innings drama.
And for the second time in 24 hours, the Red Sox earned their victory in walk-off fashion. In the 12th inning, Andrew Benintendi blasted a game-ending single to right field to score Xander Bogaerts and give the Red Sox a 4-3 win on Tuesday night at rainy Fenway Park.
Benintendi, who threw out Howie Kendrick at the plate in the eighth to keep the game tied, had one thing on his mind as he walked to the plate.
"Let's get on the road," Benintendi said. "We've played some long games on consecutive days, so I'm just trying to not overthink it."
Benintendi's first career walk-off hit was made possible by a Mitch Moreland single high off of the Green Monster that put Bogaerts in scoring position at third.
The Red Sox's offense was clicking early, as they put up a run in each of the first three innings, but the bats fell silent until the final frame in extras.
With the defeat, the Phillies have lost seven straight games.
"Well, we played these guys tough. They can't say that we're a pushover," Phils manager Pete Mackanin said.
David Price made his fourth start and his first at Fenway in 254 days, exiting the game with a no-decision after allowing four hits and three earned runs in six innings. The lefty struggled with his command, giving up four walks and walking the leadoff batter in three straight innings.
"The leadoff walk in the second and the third, and two walks in the second inning, that's uncharacteristic to have four walks especially in six innings," Price said. "I feel like I continue to make strides in the positive direction. After that third inning, I felt like I did a lot better."
In his third career start, Phillies pitcher Ben Lively made some club history. He allowed three runs in seven innings, making him only the seventh Phillies player to pitch seven full innings in each of his first three career starts and the first since 1969.
"Lively showed a lot of guts," Mackanin said. "He got hit around early, but then he didn't shy away, he didn't start nitpicking. He wasn't afraid to throw strikes, came right after the hitters."
"It's nice, but it's always better to win," Lively said. "I felt like if I was a little more settled in earlier in the game, it could have been a different outcome tonight."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Boyer fans Galvis, escapes bind: With two outs in the eighth in a 3-all tie, Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer found himself in a bases-loaded jam. Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis stood at the plate with the chance to give his side its first lead. With the count at 0-2, Boyer delivered a high, 95.3-mph four-seam fastball that caught Galvis swinging to end the inning. As he walked off the mound, Boyer pumped his fist in celebration, while Galvis threw his bat away in frustration.
Betts gets close with the fans: With the potential go-ahead run on third and two outs in the 10th, Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp chopped a ball down the right-field line headed towards the foul area in front of Pesky's Pole. Mookie Betts tracked it down and made the running grab along the foul line right before crashing into the protruding outfield wall, barely stopping himself from toppling over into the crowd.
"We had opportunities to score more runs, we just couldn't get them in," Mackanin said.
"Tonight was pretty hot, and the past two or three days have been our hottest days of the year by far. It's just different. You go to Spring Training in Fort Myers in Florida, and it's hot and humid and then you get here and it's pretty cold for quite a while. To have that hot game is a shock to the system." -- Price, on pitching in warmer weather
"It bodes well. I'm glad to see Mikey looking like we know he can swing the bat. That was nice to see." -- Mackanin, on Maikel Franco's 4-for-5 night
MORELAND'S MASSIVE MASH
Facing Lively in the third, Moreland drilled a solo shot to deep center, which Statcast™ tracked at 449 feet, making it the Boston first baseman's longest homer this season and his fourth-longest drive in the Statcast™ era. His longest homer is 457 feet.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Including Tuesday night's extra-innings affair, the Red Sox are the fourth team in Major League history to play three consecutive games of more than four hours.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Red Sox have posted extra-inning walk-off hits in consecutive games for the first time since June 24-26, 2006, which also came against the Phillies.
Phillies:Jeremy Hellickson (5-4, 4.50 ERA) gets the ball to open an eight-game homestand Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. After a 4-0 April, the right-hander is 1-4 over his past eight starts, losing three of his past four.
Red Sox: Left-hander Christopher Johnson makes his fourth start Wednesday as the Red Sox head to Philadelphia for the back half of this Interleague series. For Johnson (2-0, 3.44 ERA), this is his first start in a National League ballpark.
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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Phillies on Monday.