Boston Red Sox Rob Refsnyder on full-extension diving catch: ‘At first I didn’t really think I had a chance’

SEATTLE — Rob Refsnyder made a full-extension diving catch to deny Ty France an extra hit. It was the second of a huge eighth inning for the Red Sox.

Rafael Devers hit a home run in the top of the eighth, then Devers and Refsnyder made sensational defensive plays in the bottom of the eighth.

The Red Sox won 2-0 over the Mariners here at T-Mobile Park on Sunday.

“At the start, I really didn’t think I had a chance,” Refsnyder said. “But he kind of stayed up there. Grateful to have made it.

France hit it at 342 feet with an exit speed of 101.7 mph.

He had a 20% catch chance and Refsnyder needed to cover 73 feet to make the play, per Statcast.

“I was pretty pumped up,” Refsnyder said. “Ty is a pretty special hitter right now. Just to get them away from the bases. We had a two point lead. So just keep them off the bases potentially (from) a game-tying two-run home run.

The Red Sox recalled Refsnyder ahead of Friday’s game with Kiké Hernández (hip) on the IL. He contributed, reaching base four times in two starts. He had one hit, one walk and two hits per pitch. He also scored twice.

“They were playing great baseball on the road, so hopefully I don’t screw it up,” Refsnyder said. “I’m just trying to be a small piece of the puzzle. Yeah, but AC (Alex Cora) has put me in some really good places, so just try to put yourself in the base for those big guys.

Refsnyder, who started on Sunday, did just that. He trailed 0-2 in the count with two outs in the eighth inning before being hit by a pitch. That set the stage for Devers who hit a two-run homer.

“It’s a tough fight for a right-hander,” Refsnyder said. “Really, really good slider, fastball. So once he got to 0-2, I was just trying to lay the groundwork for Raffy. It’s amazing what he just did. Fastball on the outside. He takes it to left field, real spin. He is one of the best hitters in all of baseball.

Refsnyder was hit with throws to his right and left forearm this weekend.

“A couple of different things are painful right now,” he said. “So hopefully I’ll freeze up after that, have some Advil in me, enjoy this rest day, of course. But the body feels a lot better with the win.

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