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Benintendi hits two-run homer off Verlander

Astros righty was making first career relief appearance
October 9, 2017

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander's first career relief appearance did not start off as the Astros had hoped, as the veteran right-hander surrendered a two-run, go-ahead home run to Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi during the fifth inning of Boston's 5-4 loss in Game 4 of the American League Division Series

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander's first career relief appearance did not start off as the Astros had hoped, as the veteran right-hander surrendered a two-run, go-ahead home run to Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi during the fifth inning of Boston's 5-4 loss in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Monday at Fenway Park.
Verlander entered the game with a runner on first and the Astros clinging to a 2-1 lead, but he hung a 2-2 slider to Benintendi, who crushed it to right field to put the Red Sox in front, 3-2.
"He was just throwing me all fastballs and after facing him the first time in the series, I had it my mind that he might throw me a slider at some point," said Benintendi.

Benintendi's home run had an exit velocity of 90.4 mph, making it the "softest" hit postseason home run since Statcast™ debuted in 2015. The previous low was a 90.7 mph home run that Daniel Murphy (then with the Mets) hit against the Cubs in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Championship Series.
All four of the Red Sox's runs came via the long ball, as Xander Bogaerts also hit a solo home run off Charlie Morton in the first inning to put Boston on the board. Rafael Devers hit a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the ninth.

Maria Guardado is a reporter for MLB.com.