It’s been a tough September for Dustin Pedroia, but the former MVP has come through in a big way Wednesday night.
The big hit came, as most of Pedroia’s do, on a high fastball. Taking that nearly shoulder-level swing that Red Sox fans are so accustomed to seeing, Dustin Pedroia hooked the fastball long and very far to left field, putting the Red Sox back on top with a solo shot in the fifth.
From there, it was just a matter of holding the lead in the bottom half. But after a leadoff double, that was far from a sure thing. With the runner moving to third on a ground ball out, the Orioles were just one fly ball away from knotting things at three. But with the infield in, Marco Scutaro found Ryan Lavarnway on Nolan Reimold’s ground ball, and Lavarnway’s glove found Mark Reynolds at home for the out.