Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Bogaerts And Red Sox Rally From 4-0 Down, Beat Athletics, 9-4 In Needed Win

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One way to cut down on the deadly arm strength of Oakland center-fielder Ramon Laureano is to hit it over his head. Xander Bogaerts did just that with a game-tying double that helped Boston defeat the A's, 9-4. After falling behind 4-0, the Red Sox rallied with six unanswered runs—taking starter Eduardo Rodriguez off the hook. The lefty could only go 4.2 innings, while giving up four earned runs—although he did strike out seven in a weirdly un-even performance. The bullpen delivered 3.2 shutout innings after ERod's departure. Also contributing on the offense were: Michael Chavis (2-4, 3 RBIs); Mookie Betts (3-4, RBI, R); and J.D. Martinez (1-4, 2 RBIs). The win puts Boston at a still-crappy 12-17 record—escaping the cellar only thanks to the completely pathetic Baltimore Orioles.