Rios' triple off Chris Perez wins it in extras

Things were not going so great for the Sox by the time Alex Rios dug his spikes into the dirt inside the batter’s box in the 10th inning on May 8th in Cleveland.

They had recently taken their ace pitcher out of the rotation and placed him in the bullpen, then watched him blow his first save chance in the 8th inning, and now had Rios facing Chris Perez–who had stomped out a 9th inning rally a couple weeks earlier by getting Rios to groundout helplessly, and did not make friends while doing it.

A lot of that pain was washed away when Rios sliced an outside fastball to the gap in right-center for the go-ahead run.  It not only wound up winning the game, or represented a huge stup in Rios re-working his approach, but capped off the short but triumphant history of Alex Rios knocking in Brent Lillibridge from 1st with RBI triples to win games.

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