Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin made a unique play to get an out in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Jun 19, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Chris Martin (55) picks up his baseball cap after fielding a ball from the ground against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Reliever Chris Martin pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish off the 7-3 victory. In the process of pitching that scoreless ninth, Martin made one of the more unusual defensive plays you’ll ever see.

Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came up with one out and a runner on first. He hit what looked to be a routine chopper back to Martin. It ended up being anything but.

As Martin backed up to field the chopper, he lost his footing on the pitcher’s mound and tripped backward. Fortunately for Martin and Red Sox, he fell into perfect position and barehanded the ball while on his back. Martin then threw the ball over to first base. And while Martin’s throw couldn’t reach first baseman Dominic Smith on the fly, it bounced into his glove in plenty of time to get Guerrero.

While there was some initial concern that Martin might have injured himself on the fall, he stayed in the game and retired the next hitter, Daulton Varsho, to end it.

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