Friday, May 11, 2018

Red Sox Re-Claim Share Of First Place, Smite The Evil Empire, 5-4 In Bronx

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It took some clutch home runs and quality starting pitching to overcome another bullpen meltdown as the Red Sox outlasted The Pinstriped Posers 5-4 in their Bronx rubber match last night. Blowing a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning, soon-to-be Rhode Island resident Heath Hembree was putrid for the second time in three days—working one-third of an inning and coughing up three earned runs. Eduardo Rodriguez hurled five solid innings despite a nearly one-hour rain delay halting play. The lefty gave up just one hit and struck out eight over the five frames. The HRs came from Hanley Ramirez (his fifth) and J.D. Martinez (his ninth and the game-winner in the eighth inning). Ramirez drove in three runs, and Martinez knocked in two. Mookie Betts was on-base four times—going 3-4 with a walk. He's now hitting .361, slugging .803 and sporting an on-base percentage of .441. So, The Carmine Hose are back in the top spot in the AL East—and are now headed to America Lite for three games against the Blue Jays. The will be back at Fenway on Monday to face Jed Lowrie and the mighty Oakland A's.