Shaw hits game-ending grand slam as Red Sox beat Rangers 8-4 in 11

Ken Powtak
Associated Press

Boston – Travis Shaw hit a game-ending grand slam in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Monday.

Shaw, who entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth, drove a 3-2 pitch off Dennis Santana (2-3) over Boston’s bullpen. He flipped his bat and looked at the dugout before rounding the bases and getting mobbed at the plate.

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) celebrates as Travis Shaw, right, crosses home plate on his walkoff grand slam during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

It was Shaw’s first hit since he was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on Aug. 15. He also began his big league career with the Red Sox in 2015.

Alex Verdugo and Hunter Renfroe also homered for Boston in the makeup of Sunday’s scheduled game, which was postponed due to the approach of Hurricane Henri. Garrett Whitlock (5-2) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory.

The Red Sox committed a season-high five errors and had two baserunners cut down in a 10-1 loss on Saturday night. Manager Alex Cora called the the game “embarrassing” and “not acceptable.”

The Rangers have the majors’ fewest wins since the All-Star break at 8-26. Andy Ibáñez hit a tying two-run double in the ninth against Matt Barnes.

The Red Sox wasted seven dominant innings by Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed an unearned run and four hits.

Barnes loaded the bases before Ibáñez’s drive to right-center bounced into Boston’s bullpen. Whitlock relieved and struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single through the shortstop hole against Whitlock scored Yonny Hernandez in the 10th, but Rafael Devers hit an RBI double into the triangle in center, tying it with two outs in the bottom half.

Verdugo drove a first-pitch curveball from Kolby Allard into Boston’s bullpen for a two-run shot in the second. It was Verdugo’s 12th homer, matching his career best.

Renfroe made it 3-1 with a solo shot in the sixth, sending a drive into the Green Monster seats.

Boston committed two errors in the fifth: Third baseman Devers juggled the ball before dropping it trying to throw to first, and first baseman Bobby Dalbec had a throw tick off his glove.

Allard gave up three runs in six innings.