Sitting on third base in the sixth inning when Jhonny Peralta sent a ground ball to Dustin Pedroia at second, Prince Fielder tried to use his baseball senses.
Fielder knew Victor Martinez was at first and saw him get hung up when Pedroia came up with the ball.
With Peralta racing down the first- base line, Fielder’s instincts told him to do what he could to keep one out from turning into two.
He ended up making the situation messier than he intended.
Pedroia managed to tag Martinez, even with Martinez dancing out of the base path, then he zeroed in on Fielder, dangling between third and home.
“I was trying to keep us out of the double play and once I saw Pedroia tag him, I kind of got stuck there,” Fielder said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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