Red Sox stun Cardinals with Betts’ walk-off double

Red Sox stun Cardinals with Betts’ walk-off double

BOSTON — Mookie Betts is batting just .269 this season, well down from the .318 he hit in 2016.

But his 2017 season with runners in scoring position tells an entirely different story.

“I think it’s his focus in those moments and none bigger than here tonight,” Boston manager John Farrell said after Betts ripped a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning to give the Red Sox a dramatic 5-4 interleague victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

The Red Sox honored the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impossible Dream team that came up a game short with a loss to the Cardinals the World Series — and then went out and pulled off a dream win.

Thanks to Betts.

In the third inning, he delivered a sacrifice fly as Boston cut a four-run deficit in half. Then, with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth, he raised his batting average with runners in scoring position to .390 (39-for-100) with the winning hit.

He is 18-for-47 (.382) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

“I was just going up and trying to put a good swing on a good pitch and that’s what I was able to do,” Betts said after hitting a 3-2

Article source: https://www.reuters.com/article/bbo-cardinals-redsox-writethru-idUSMTZED8HT7NG8A

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