Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kinsler Drives In Three, Red Sox Score Late Again, Beat Up On Bravos, 8-2

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Ian Kinsler is fitting in to this Red Sox 'juggernaut' just fine, thank you. The veteran second-baseman knocked in three runs on Monday, pacing yet another late scoring surge by this Red Sox team, on the way to a convincing 8-2 win over a very good Braves team. Once again, however, it was Boston's starting pitching that seemed out-of-whack. Nathan Eovaldi—fresh off another truncated start—went just 3.2 innings, giving up only two hits—but also walking four on 86 pitches. Seven relievers had to come in to finish the job—with Brandon Workman getting his third win of the year. Other notable offensive stars for Boston were: Xander Bogaerts (1-5, 2 RBIs); Eduardo Nunez (1-4, R, RBI); Mookie Betts (105, RBI) and Christian Vazquez (1-4, R, RBI). The win—coupled with another Empire loss (this time to their likely Wild Card opponent A's—boosted Boston's lead in the American League East to 8.5 games. The Magic Number to clinch the division is 16—with 23 games left to play in the season.