Betts, Bradley carry Red Sox over fumbling Cards

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

The over is also 17-5 in St. Louis' last 22 games overall, is 9-3 in the club's last 12 home games, and is 6-1 in the Cardinals' last seven contests when their opponent scores five runs or more in its previous game.

His last time out, Porcello gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Perhaps, having an ace and leader is what Eduardo Rodriguez needs to finally become the pitcher he has shown glimpses of becoming the last two seasons.

The Cardinals had gone ahead with three runs in the third, and Lynn was mad at himself for letting the Red Sox regain the lead two innings later.

Betts, named the American League Player of the Week on Monday, delivered his 10th career leadoff homer, tying him with Jacoby Ellsbury for the franchise record. They still are only a half game back of the Cleveland Indians for the last wild card spot, and there is a lot of baseball to be played. A leadoff walk to Bradley started the rally, followed by an error on Jedd Gyorko, and both runners came around to score on a groundout from Betts and single by Dustin Pedroia.

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Pham can't handle a flyball off the bat of Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley. He'd allowed an RBI double immediately after that, then a sacrifice fly after that.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell said right-hander Hector Velazquez will be called up from Class AAA to start Thursday at Oakland.

It practically feels like another 86 years have passed since the night of October 30, 2013, when the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 to win their third World Series championship since 2004 and the first to be won on Fenway soil since 1918.

Boston's All-Star closer stumbled through an uneven 2016 season, posting the highest ERA of his career (3.40) and his worst K-BB ratio (2.7-to-1) since becoming a full-time closer in 2011. Brett Cecil would have had two outs and nobody on, but instead walked the next two left-handed batters and Christian Vazquez greeted Miguel Socolovich with a sacrifice fly.

ROCKIES 7, TWINS 3 Charlie Blackmon hit a towering two-run home run during a four-run sixth inning and finished with three hits to lead visiting Colorado over Minnesota.

The homer also was the first run the Cardinals have allowed in the first inning in 21 home games this season. Once the favorites to win the division, they find themselves at 19-18 and four games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East about a quarter of the way into the season. Stephen Strasburg (4-1) allowed 3 runs in 6-plus innings, walking 1 and striking out 3 on a night he didn't have his best stuff. They bring back Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrist, and Trevor Rosenthal (the latter five all pitched in Game 6 of the '13 World Series).

It's also hard not to mention Andrew Benintendi, who would be the favorite to win rookie of the year thus far if Aaron Judge hadn't been doing what he's doing. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts made a sliding grab with his back to the infield, spun and almost got Fowler at the plate. Dickerson hit solo home runs in the third and fifth off Danny Salazar (2-4).

Boston's only other trip to an NL ballpark this season was a three-game series in Milwaukee earlier this month.

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