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Travis Shaw saved the Red Sox’ dignity Monday afternoon

Travis Shaw saved the Red Sox’ dignity Monday afternoon.

Please note the word dignity – not season. 

Shaw drilled a grand slam over the Red Sox bullpen in the 11th inning, lifting the Red Sox to an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

Yes, those pesky Texas Rangers, who were poised to take two of three at Fenway Park.

Yup, the Texas Rangers, now 43-81. That is five more wins than the Baltimore Orioles, the rust standard for long-term baseball futility.

Texas scored two runs in the ninth to tie it. Andy Ibanez’s two-run double off Matt Barnes made it 3-3.

Barnes, the Red Sox closer, needed to face just five batters to spit the bit. Nathaniel Lowe had an infield hit on a ball that Shaw deflected to second baseman Christian Arroyo. Jason Martin struck out before Nick Solak’s infield hit loaded the bases.

As Ibanez’s double bounced into the bullpen, Garrett Whitlock was on his way in to replace Barnes.

With the extra-inning free man on second base and one out in the top of the 10th, Lowe singled it in.

Apparently, this guy Lowe is making a late surge toward MVP honors.

Rafael Devers eventually doubled to the triangle, pulling the Red Sox into another tie. 

Whitlock continued through the 11th, setting down the Rangers 1-2-3.

That flash of competency inspired the Red Sox to end it in the bottom of the inning.  Christian Vazquez dropped down a bunt that moved designated runner Hunter Renfro to third and was safe on pitcher Dennis Santana’s lackluster throw to first.

An intentional walk to Alex Verdugo set the stage for Shaw’s dramatics.

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Shaw saved the Red Sox from another error-fueled loss. Texas won Saturday night thanks mostly to five Red Sox errors. Their first two Monday were unearned.

He could not save Barnes from his sixth blown save.

His slam also could do nothing to keep Bobby Dalbec from his 125th strikeout of the season. It couldn’t give starter Nathan Eovaldi something more than a no decision for his seven innings of work – one unearned run, four hits, seven strikeouts, zero walks.

Eovaldi remains at 10-8.

Shaw didn’t strike a blow for fairness, any more than he could save the Red Sox season.

He did make sure they won two of three from the Texas Rangers.

The Red Sox have a way to go before we can declare their season resurrected.

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