Bogaerts, Pedroia score almost simultaneously

Bogaerts, Pedroia score almost simultaneously

BOSTON -- In one of the zaniest plays you'll ever see, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts essentially scored at the same time for the Red Sox during a wild sequence in the sixth inning of a 7-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Fenway Park.

And if Orioles right fielder Dariel Alvarez had made a better relay throw, both players actually could have been tagged out.

With runners on first and second and nobody out, David Ortiz belted a fly ball to deep right. Alvarez tried to range back and catch it, and Pedroia did what he's trained to do, making sure it didn't get caught before going into a full sprint.

But the 22-year-old Bogaerts read the play perfectly and was full speed ahead the whole way.

Pedroia slid in headfirst to beat the relay throw from Chris Davis. Bogaerts slid feet first an instant later.

"I've seen that in movies, two guys dive and they're safe. That was a pretty nice one," Bogaerts said. "But I was well aware that I was not going to injure him on that play. That was a tough one. I just read that ball well. I knew where I was. I kind of figured I had enough time, so I didn't even worry about looking there [at third-base coach Brian Butterfield].

Butterfield couldn't believe what he was watching as the play unfolded.

"There were no outs so I wanted to let Pedey get by, but it's tough when it's tight like that," Butterfield said. "I wanted Pedey to get by and I wanted to stop Bogey, but Bogey was hustling all the way and he made a read right off the bat so things turned out good. It was two steaks for David and opened up the game a little bit."

Essentially, Butterfield didn't have time to stop Bogaerts.

"I think if both knees were healthy I might have cut him off with a good form tackle," quipped Butterfield.

After the game, Pedroia was still humored by the way things transpired.

"There was nobody out," Pedroia said. "I was screaming at him the whole time like, 'what the hell are you doing, man?' It could be a double play if he catches it. No, I knew he was right there behind me. It worked out.

"[Bogaerts] was coming in quick. It was a bad feeling because I was going back to tag and then I didn't know if he was going to catch it or not and then Bogey was right there and I was like, 'man, I better get going.' He was on me."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.