Carson Kelly drove in three runs and delivered a two-out walk-off single as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night in Phoenix.
Kelly lined a 1-1 pitch from Colten Brewer (0-1) to left field as Nick Ahmed had no trouble scoring from second. Kelly also had a two-run double in the Diamondbacks’ four-run second inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Eduardo Escobar singled to right with one out and moved to second on a passed ball by Christian Vazquez.
Ahmed slapped a single to right field, and Mookie Betts charged the ball and threw a one-hopper to Vazquez to easily cut down Escobar at the plate for the second out. Ahmed went to second on the throw.
Arizona closer Greg Holland (1-0) worked a perfect ninth, striking out Betts to end the inning, to earn the win.
There wasn’t much offense after Arizona took a 4-3 lead after two innings.
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the seventh with one out for Betts, who lifted a 1-2 fastball from reliever Archie Bradley — the third pitcher of the inning — for a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at 4.
Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland walked to again load the bases, but Bradley escaped further damage by getting Xander Bogaerts to bounce into a fielder’s choice.
Arizona starter Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Boston’s David Price gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Boston scored three runs in the second inning, highlighted by the first RBI of Price’s career on a ground-ball single to right. His hit made it 2-0, and Andrew Benintendi followed with a ground-rule double that brought in Christian Vazquez.
After breezing through an eight-pitch first inning, Price gave it all back and more in the bottom of the second. The Diamondbacks knocked out five hits, including Kelly’s double that tied the game at 3. Kelly then scored on a single by Adam Jones for a 4-3 advantage.
—Field Level Media