Welcome To Sox Nation Mr. Phillips [VIDEO]
There have been many great moments along this Boston Red Sox road to 97 wins but today's great moment may be the best of all of them. A Brandon Phillips two-out, two-run home run in the 9th inning to cap off a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Atlanta Braves.
The 37-year-old Phillips was out of baseball most of the year. He signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in late June. The former all star kept playing with no guarantee of being called up. Then it happened Tuesday.
Wednesday afternoon he's starting at second base for the Sox. Earlier in the game he had taken a couple of walks, scored a couple of runs. Then in the 9th - well you've got to see it...
The Red Sox were staring at a 7-1 deficit going into the 8th inning, thanks mainly to Drew Pomeranz giving up five runs in one-third of an inning.
But the Sox put together a six run rally to tie the game at 7-7.
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman belted a homer of Brandon Workman to get the lead back for the Braves.
And then the 9th inning hero homer by Phillips.
The win puts the Red Sox at a season-high 53 games over .500 at 97-44.
ESPN reports that MLB teams were 487-0 when leading by six runs going into the 8th inning this year.
Until this game.