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Jonny Gomes makes big contributions to another Red Sox walkoff win

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When Jonny Gomes stepped into the box in the ninth inning, he could count all the ways the situation was against him.

He was facing a righthander.

“That’s tough,” he said.

That particular righthander, Yoervis Medina, was someone he had never faced before.

“That’s tough,” he said.

And with the Red Sox hijacking momentum, cutting a five-run Mariners lead to one, the game was on the line.

“That’s tough,” he said.

All he could do was look at each pitch as a single breath of life.

The worst-case scenario, he figured, was grounding into a double play that would have ended the game.

“Anything else,” he said, “at least we get another crack at it with one out. So I was just trying to put the ball in play to get an out.”

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