Dustin Pedroia always seems to be in the right place.
The Red Sox second baseman showed off his Derek Jeter-like instincts in the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the Rangers by doing something as simple as backing up the first baseman.
After former Red Sox Mike Napoli tied the game with a home run off Craig Kimbrel, Rangers’ Carlos Gomez check swung and hit a dribbler to third baseman Deven Marrero whose errant throw went by first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Gomez began heading for second but Pedroia was chasing down the ball, which ricocheted off the wall and back toward the infield.
Pedroia slid, grabbed the ball, and fired it to Moreland who tagged Gomez as he tried to retreat to first base.
The play probably stopped even more damage in the ninth inning, which Boston escaped still tied at 5.
The Red Sox managed to recover, winning the game 7-5 in 11 innings.
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