Celtics Flop In Game 1 And Red Sox Get Third Straight Win With Verdugo Walk-off Homer

By Tiffany Williams –

There was definitely two different moods in Boston Monday night. Red Sox fans in the Fenway neighborhood were happy with a 6-5, Verdugo walk-off homer for the Sox to get their third straight win since Saturday. But Boston fans over on Causeway Street were unhappy for a second straight night but tonight, it was because Tatum and Brown lost game one, 119-115 against Harden and Maxey. 

Over at Fenway, the Sox had two runs in the bottom of the first, picked up three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then Verdugo got the Sox their sixth run of the game in the bottom of the ninth, a walk-off homer 385 feet to center. 

The boys from Worcester were making their presence known in Boston in the bottom of the sixth. First, Duran hit a game-tying solo homer 434 feet to center, and then Valdez hit his first career homer 427 feet to center and Casas scored. The 2-run homer gave the Sox a 5-3 lead. 

Valdez now has eight hits in six career games. In addition to his first homer, Valdez also stole his first career base in the bottom of the second inning.

Duran tonight, recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season and extended his hitting streak to 6 games, batting .480 with 7 XBH and 5 RBI.

Verdugo’s walk-off solo homer was his second career walk-off homer.

The Sox are 11-6 in their last 17 games, 8-3 over their last 11 home games, and tonight they snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Blue Jays. They also snapped an eight-game losing streak against Toronto at Fenway Park.

Over at TD Garden tonight, fans for a second straight night were disappointed but tonight it wasn’t the Bruins, their season is over. Instead it was the Celtics and their 119-115 loss to the 76ers in game one. 

Tatum played 44 minutes and put 39 points on the board while Brown played 42 minutes and put just 23 points on the board. 

Horford, Smart and White combined for 27 points, and the bench mob contributed just 26 points to this heartrending loss.

The Sox will be back in action Tuesday night for their second meeting with Toronto. 

Also, Tuesday night, down the Pike, the Worcester Red Sox (Triple-A Affiliate Boston Red Sox) will host the Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A Affiliate Toronto Blue Jays) for game one of a six-game set. 

In Connecticut’s capital city, Tuesday night at Dunkin’ Park the Hartford Yard Goats will kickoff a six-game homestand against the Reading Fightin’ Phil’s. 

In North Country, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will kickoff a six-game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators.

The Portland Sea Dogs are on the road for a six-game set against the Akron RubberDucks.

Game two for the Celtics and 76ers will be Wednesday night at 8pm, at TD Garden.

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