Betts, Bradley go deep to lift Red Sox over Cardinals 6-3

Marco Green
May 19, 2017

The score would stay that way until the top of the seventh inning, when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a 441 foot two-run home run to centerfield. After a two-out double by Mitch Moreland, and an intentional walk of Bradley Jr., it was Abad's turn to hit.

Eduardo Rodriguez had another solid outing last night, throwing six innings of three-run ball. I still have my fingers crossed that he'll figure it out, but at this point, I cringe every time Matheny brings in Cecil only down by a run or two, fearful it will become a three or more run deficit as it did tonight - albeit, not entirely Cecil's fault. The Athletics are 6-21 in their last 27 during game 1 of a series, 3-13 in Grays last 16 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-16 in Grays last 21 starts.

Farrell said before the game he wasn't concerned about Benintendi's prolonged slump and would keep him at the No. 4 spot, a move that clearly backfired in this one. This is a good chance for the A's to jump on Boston early and get a much needed win.

Boston improved to 3-17 when trailing after seven innings, while St. Louis fell to 19-1 when leading after seven.

Following a leadoff walk in the fifth, Jedd Gyorko's error gave Boston runners on first and second with no outs.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, the Yankees piled up 16 hits and NY rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Benintendi was 0-for-3 in the game before the game-tying sacrifice fly, extending his streak without a hit to his last 24 consecutive at-bats.

Bradley cut it to 4-2 with a drive to center field, his second homer in two games and fourth this year. Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double, and Tommy Pham's run-scoring groundout made it 4-0.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-5, 4.01) is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three road starts this season.

The Cardinals celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1967 championship season with a pregame ceremony.

LHP Drew Pomeranz, who left his start on Sunday with tightness in his left triceps, is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday and expects to start Saturday in Oakland.

Even though David Price is nearing his return from the disabled list, he is a question mark that will not be answered until he makes his first start of the season. LHP Tyler Lyons (right intercostal strain) is expected to make one more rehab start in the minors. Released Tuesday, the book tells the story of the decades Ortiz spent in baseball and his years with the Boston Red Sox, plus how he got to Major League Baseball all the way from the Dominican Republic. He has gotten better by the appearance, and will take the mound Thursday night with an 0-1 record and a 3.78 ERA. The former star of the Mexican League has posted a 2-1 record and 1.55 ERA over five starts in Pawtucket this season.

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