Three homers and Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox past Mariners, 9-3

Three homers and Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox past Mariners, 9-3

SEATTLE – Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston’s rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine-pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, and Devers followed with a blast off the Hit It Here Cafe in right field to give Boston a 5-0 lead.

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs.

Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the center field wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen in left centerfield, his 12th of the season.

Facing left-hander Roenis Elias in the eighth, Benintendi extended Boston’s lead to 9-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his sixth victory in a row, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Rodriguez (9-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his starts during his winning streak.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their order against Rodriguez in the fifth, but managed just one run. Jean Segura cut Seattle’s deficit to 5-2 with a fielder’s choice, but Seattle’s rally was cut short following back-to-back fly outs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz.

Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet into the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle’s deficit to 5-1. In the eighth, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line, scoring Cruz to make it 9-3.

UP NEXT
Red Sox: Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip against the Twins on Tuesday. Sale has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts and has nine starts this season allowing one or fewer earned runs.

© 2018 by Associated Press.

 

What looked like a backbreaker becomes a stunning Mets rally

What looked like a backbreaker becomes a stunning Mets rally

PHOENIX — Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera put an exclamation point on an improbable rally to conclude Father’s Day in the desert for the Mets.

Just about road kill, on the verge of another maddening defeat, the Mets cobbled together a rally that ranked as maybe their greatest of 2018.

The ninth-inning comeback culminated with Nimmo stroking a two-run, go-ahead homer against Brad Boxberger and Cabrera following with an insurance blast in a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The Mets (30-38) have consecutive victories for the first time since May 21 and will have a little extra bounce in their step as they prepare to begin a four-game series in Colorado on Monday.

Jose Reyes’ two-out bunt — that perhaps should have been allowed to roll foul by catcher Alex Avila — started the comeback before Jose Bautista delivered an RBI double that pulled the Mets within 3-2. Nimmo followed with a rocket, giving the Mets five runs for the second straight day — after 11 straight games in which they had scored three or fewer. Cabrera, who entered in a 5-for-55 (.111) slump, followed with a blast that gave the Mets their margin of victory.

The rally exonerated Jay Bruce, who had a brutal 0-for-4 performance with three strikeouts. Leaving five runners on base, in his return to the lineup after missing three games with a sore upper buttocks.

Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless ninth for the save after Jeurys Familia, in his return from the disabled list, surrendered a run in the eighth to put the Mets in a 3-1 hole.

Bruce’s final shot came in the eighth, after Todd Frazier singled with two outs against Archie Bradley. But Bruce hit a routine grounder into the shift, killing the Mets’ chances.

The Mets had an opportunity in the seventh to at least tie the game after Reyes and Wilmer Flores walked in succession with two outs, but Nimmo struck out against Yoshihisa Hirano.

Bruce faced a big test in the sixth, when lefty reliever Andrew Chafin entered to face him with two outs and runners on second and third. Bruce went ahead 3-0 in the count before striking out for the third time in the game.

Familia entered in the eighth and surrendered a bloop RBI single to Jake Lamb that gave the Diamondbacks their final run. Familia, who had missed the previous 10 days with a sore shoulder, escaped further damage after loading the bases.

Zack Wheeler kept the Mets in the game, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over six innings. It was a rebound performance from the right-hander, who surrendered six earned runs over 5 ²/₃ innings in Atlanta last week.

Nimmo had reached on an infield single in the inning and Cabrera walked, with both runners advancing on Frazier’s ground out.

Wheeler retired the first 10 batters he faced before denting in the fourth. David Peralta stroked an RBI double that tied it before Ketel Marte’s RBI groundout placed the Mets in a 2-1 hole. Paul Goldschmidt walked to begin the rally, and Jake Lamb slashed a single for the Diamondbacks’ first hit.

Nimmo’s double leading off the game led to the Mets scoring the first run, on Frazier’s sacrifice fly. Michael Conforto also walked in the inning, but was left stranded.

Clay Buchholz held the Mets to one run on four hits over 5 ²/₃ innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3

Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3

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New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.

The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters.

Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single and scored on Jose Bautista’s pinch-hit double to cut the lead to 3-1. Nimmo, who doubled and scored in the first inning, followed with a two-run shot to right field to put New York ahead 4-3 and Cabrera’s solo shot made it 5-3.

The Mets split the four-game series in Arizona and won consecutive games for the first time since May 20-21. The Diamondbacks were 4-3 on the homestand.

Jeurys Familia (3-3), just off the disabled list, allowed a run in an inning of relief to get the victory.

Alex Avila reached to start the Arizona ninth when first baseman Dominic Smith dropped second baseman Cabrera’s throw for an error but Robert Gsellman retired the next three for his third save in seven tries.

Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth for his third save in seven tries.

Clay Buchholz and three Arizona relievers had shut down the Mets since the opening inning until the big rally.

David Peralta doubled in Arizona’s first run in the two-run fourth inning and made a diving grab in left field to rob Zack Wheeler of a hit to end the fifth. Jake Lamb’s bloop single in the eighth made it 3-1.

Buchholz went 5 2-3 innings, giving up a run and four hits.

Nimmo led off the game with a double, took third on a ground out and scored on Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly to center.

The announced crowd was a sellout of 47,900, second-largest at Chase Field this season behind 48,703 for the season opener.

TOSSED

Mets left-hander Jason Vargas was ejected from the dugout by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds in the bottom of the fourth inning. Vargas is scheduled to start Tuesday night at Colorado.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Familia had been sidelined since June 7 with a sore right shoulder. To make room, New York optioned RHP Jacob Rhame to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery) made his fourth rehab start on Saturday night. He threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings for Class A Visalia against San Jose. Miller allowed three hits and struck out 10 with no walks. He threw 81 pitches, 56 strikes.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-2, 1.55 ERA) takes the mound for New York Monday night in the opener of a four-game series in Colorado. LHP Tyler Anderson (4-1, 4.48) starts for the Rockies.

Diamondbacks: Arizona heads to Anaheim for a two-game interleague series with the Angels. RHP Zack Greinke (5-5, 3.87) starts for the Diamondbacks in Monday night’s opener.

Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3

Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3

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Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. points skyward after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners’ Chasen Bradford during seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SEATTLE (AP) — Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston’s rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, and Devers followed with a blast off the Hit It Here Cafe in right field to give Boston a 5-0 lead.

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs.

Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen in left centerfield, his 12th of the season.

Facing left-hander Roenis Elias in the eighth, Benintendi extended Boston’s lead to 9-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his sixth straight win in as many starts, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Rodriguez (9-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his starts during his winning streak.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their order against Rodriguez in the fifth, but managed just one run. Jean Segura cut Seattle’s deficit to 5-2 with a fielder’s choice, but Seattle’s rally was cut short following back-to-back fly outs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz.

Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet in to the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle’s deficit to 5-1. In the eighth, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line, scoring Cruz to make it 9-3.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Nick Vincent (groin) is scheduled to make a rehab start with AAA Tacoma on Monday, then make a rehab appearance with AA Arkansas on Wednesday before joining the Mariners during their three game series in Boston beginning Friday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip against the Twins on Tuesday. Sale has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts and has nine starts this season allowing one or fewer earned runs.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales (7-3, 3.42) goes for his sixth win in as many starts when the Mariners begin a 10-game road trip against the Yankees on Tuesday. Gonzalez has allowed just six earned runs in his last six starts combined.

Devers, Red Sox cruise past Mariners, 9-3

Devers, Red Sox cruise past Mariners, 9-3

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in a five-run third inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts homered in a three-run seventh for the Red Sox, who earned a split of the four-game series. Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out nine.

Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (7-4) didn’t allow a run in five of his six innings, but still took the loss. Leake allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out one.

The Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with a five-run rally with two outs in the third inning.

After Bradley flew out to center field and Mookie Betts grounded out to third, Andrew Benintendi lined a single to center to get things started. Bogaerts grounded a single to right and J.D. Martinez walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Mitch Moreland grounded a two-run single to center to break the tie and Devers followed with his 11th homer of the season, a three-run shot to right field.

The Mariners got a run back in the fourth on Nelson Cruz‘s leadoff home run, his 17th, to left-center field on a 3-2 count.

Seattle loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth on a ground-rule double by Ben Gamel, an infield single by David Freitas and a bunt single by Dee Gordon. Jean Segura grounded into a run-scoring fielder’s choice to make it 5-2, but Rodriguez got Mitch Haniger to fly out to right field and Cruz to foul out to first to end the inning.

Bradley led off the seventh with a homer to center field, his fourth, off right-hander Chasen Bradford. An out later, Benintendi lined a single and Bogaerts followed with a two-run shot to left-center field, his 12th, to make it 8-2.

The Red Sox got their final run in the eighth on Benintendi’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

The Mariners’ Ryon Healy hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the inning off right-hander Brandon Workman after one-out walks to Haniger and Cruz for the final margin.

–Field Level Media

Hundley, Belt Homer to Lift Giants to 4-1 Win Over Dodgers

Hundley, Belt Homer to Lift Giants to 4-1 Win Over Dodgers

Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles with a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Hundley got the Giants going early with a homer in the first inning, halfway up the pavilion seats in left field for his eighth of the season. Belt followed two innings later with his 12th home run and first since returning from an appendectomy on June 1.

The Dodgers saw their modest five-game win streak come to an end, but they are still 11-3 in June. They went 7-2 on their just-completed homestand and now head to Chicago for a National League Championship Series rematch with the Cubs.

The Giants went 4-6 on their 10-day road trip to Washington, Miami and Los Angeles, and now return home for a 10-game homestand against the Marlins, Padres and Rockies.

Stratton gave up a first-inning run when Hundley tried to cut down Justin Turner at second base and threw the ball into center field. Max Muncy came home from third base on the error. Otherwise the right-hander was stingy against a Dodgers lineup that entered with 34 home runs in June.

He gave up his lone unearned run on three hits over six innings, as the Dodgers did not hit a home run for the first time since May 31.

Dodgers rookie pitcher Caleb Ferguson gave up four runs on just two hits, the home runs from Hundley and Belt. He struck out six in his third career start, with an unearned run that happened when Gorkys Hernandez reached base on an error by shortstop Enrique Hernandez in front of Belt’s homer.

The Dodgers’ bullpen delivered four more innings to give them 120 since May 17, the most in the National League over that span.

Former Dodgers left-hander Tony Watson opened the ninth inning for the Giants with a strikeout of Muncy before closer Hunter Strickland recorded the final two outs for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Muncy has six home runs in June, but did not hit one in seven official at-bats during the three-game series against the Giants.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: C Buster Posey, who saw action in all 16 innings of Thursday’s game at Miami, was not in the starting lineup Sunday with what manager Bruce Bochy labeled “general soreness.” SS Brandon Crawford will go on paternity leave Monday for the birth of his fourth child and could miss as many as three games.

Dodgers: RHP Tom Koehler had a setback in his recovery from a right shoulder strain and will now have to restart his rehab program, according to manager Dave Roberts. His targeted return has been pushed back to August. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu had some tightness in his left groin strain and his recent bullpen outing was cut short to 20 pitches. Roberts would not call Ryu’s situation a setback, but would not confirm a July return either.

UP NEXT

The Giants will send left-hander Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.92 ERA) to the mound Monday as the club returns home from its 10-day road trip to face the Miami Marlins. In his second start since coming off the disabled list, RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61) could be available for as many as 90 pitches Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.