Brutal Alex Verdugo drop leads to 'Little League grand slam' for Rays


Just when it looked like the Red Sox were on their way to a blowout with Chris Sale cruising, along came one of the worst innings of the season.

After getting the first two outs of the fourth inning, with his team holding a 7-1 lead over the Rays, Chris Sale allowed Tampa Bay to load the bases with Nelson Cruz at the plate.

Cruz lofted what was a seemingly inning-ending fly ball to centerfielder Alex Verdugo. But Verdugo lost the ball in the sun, allowing the Rays to clear the bases. Making matters worse, the relay throw to third from second baseman Taylor Motter sailed over third baseman Rafael Devers to pave the way for Cruz to come home.

The miscue not only cut the Red Sox' lead to a pair of runs, but cost Sale the chance to pitch into the fifth inning. After giving up a pair of infield hits, Alex Cora was forced to call on Garrett Richards for the final out of the fourth.

Sale finished his outing giving up five runs on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings, striking out six. He would end up throwing 86 pitches.

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