Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sox Power Their Way To Sweep; Beat Reds, 5-4

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Well, now your 2014 Carmine Hose have won four out of their last five! It didn't seem like today's matinee would result in a win, as substitute closer Edward Mujica gave up two singles to start the ninth. But, he bowed his back and got three straight outs to secure the 5-4 Boston win. Boston is now finally at .500 in one-run games (23-23), and need just 16 more wins to pass the 'Valentine Line' of 69 victories. On a major down note, Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a bruised hand—no word yet on the severity of the injury. Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first with RBIs by Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli. Anthony Ranaudo gave back three runs in the third and fourth—including back-to-back solo HRs (one by pitcher Mike Leake). Boston regained the lead for good in the fifth with a Cespedes RBI and a two-run HR by Napoli. Ranaudo ended up getting his second MLB win—going six innings and giving up four earned runs. Boston returns home to face the Astros.