BOSTON – By Digital Sports Desk – Dustin Pedroia singled in pinch-runner Deven Marrero who was on base after Pedro Sandoval had singled to lead-off the bottom of the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox completed a come from behind victory by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5. The Phillies scored four first-inning runs off Boston starter Rick Porcello, but the Sox chipped away at the lead in the second, third and fourth inning. DH Hanley Ramirez tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning with a solo home run.
Sandoval, who didn’t start the game, started the 11th with a single and Deven Marrero ran for him. Boston catcher Sandy Leon sacrificed Marrero to second and Mookie Betts (four hits) was walked intentionally before Pedroia delivered only his second career walkoff hit — his first in seven years.
Matt Barnes (5-2) struck out five over two innings to get the win for Boston (35-28). Reliever Casey Fien (0-1) was the loser.
Ramirez tied the game with a two-out solo home run off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning, taking the struggling Rick Porcello off the hook and denying Jerad Eickhoff his first win since Sept. 21.
Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, is 3-8 with a 4.67 ERA. Last year on the same date, he was 7-2 with a 3.81 ERA.
Porcello has allowed a major league-high 114 hits (compared with 72 at this point last season). He gave up four runs in the first inning and another in the sixth.
Eickhoff (0-7) gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings and was in line for the win when Ramirez delivered his ninth homer of the season.
Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer and stroked an RBI single his first two times up for the Red Sox.
Howie Kendrick had three hits, went 3-for-4 on stolen bases and committed two errors, and Tommy Joseph had a two-run single for the last-place Phillies (21-41).
Porcello almost escaped the first inning — and the boos — without any damage when, with runners on second and third with nobody out, he got the next two hitters. But Kendrick stole second before Joseph singled home two runs. Andres Blanco doubled home Joseph and Maikel Franco made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
After hearing the boos, Porcello started pitching better, escaping a two-out jam in the third inning caused by Mitch Moreland’s error.
The Red Sox wasted Betts’ first double in the first inning, but Benintendi hit the second pitch of the second inning for his ninth homer of the season.
Dustin Pedroia’s groundout and Benintendi’s RBI single made it 4-3 in the third.
Betts tied the score with his third double, but Odubel Herrera then cut Sandy Leon down at the plate after catching Pedroia’s popup to short center. Aaron Altherr’s double and Kendrick’s RBI single put the Phillies back on top.
Kendrick stole his second and third bases, but with runners on second and third with two outs, Xander Bogaerts’ short-hop stop of an Andrew Knapp shot ended the inning.
NOTES: Red Sox 1B coach Ruben Amaro Jr., the former Philadelphia GM, greeted each player he knew as the team stretched before the game, receiving hugs from several of them. He also met with the Phillies media. … Red Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy revealed he is battling cancer for the fifth time. He met with the media before the game. … The Phillies came to town having gone 1-11-2 in their last 14 series against the Red Sox. … Red Sox LHP David Price pitches at home for the first time since last week’s obscenity-laced tirade aimed at the media in New York when he faces rookie RH Ben Lively in Game 2 of the four straight games (two cities) between the teams Tuesday night. Both pitchers are 1-1 in two major league starts this season