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Kevin Kiermaier makes 2 sensational catches

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier makes a running catch on a fly out by Toronto Blue Jays' Steve Pearce during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Trailing 5-2 entering the ninth inning, the Boston Red Sox managed to score three runs to extend Friday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Rays. And if not for the exploits of Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the Red Sox could have done even more damage. Kiermaier’s diving catch robbed Jackie Bradley Jr. of extra bases, at the time preserving a one-run Tampa Bay lead.

Kiermaier’s catch should go down as one of the best of 2017 when the season comes to an end. In the bottom half of the inning, Kiermaier looked to put the Rays in position to win the game, as he followed his walk to begin the frame with a steal of second base. But Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel would strike out the side after allowing the walk, forcing extra innings as a result.

Kiermaier would make another sensational catch in the top of the 10th, leaping just in front of the center field wall to rob Mookie Betts of an extra-base hit.



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