Boston's Pedroia day to day after taking pitch off ribs

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2017

The Boston Red Sox's bullpen hadn't blown a save in their last 21 games coming into Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals. His grand slam into the Royals' bullpen in left field came after two Boston pitchers walked the bases full with no outs.

"This one kind of stings because that group has been so good, so consistent for the better part of the whole entire season", manager John Farrell said.

ATLANTA - Rookie Austin Slater hit a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning and Matt Moore picked up his first road victory of the season as San Francisco snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts hit successive home runs in the Boston fourth off Ian Kennedy.

CUBS 3, PADRES 2 Willson Contreras hit a tying home run, Javier Baez scored the winning run on an error and Wade Davis worked out of a ninth-inning jam to lead host Chicago past the San Diego.

The Red Sox have a day off on Thursday before opening up a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Indians 5, Orioles 1 • Carlos Carrasco struck out 10, Francisco Lindor homered and visiting Cleveland defeated Baltimore for its seventh win in eight games.

Kuhl (2-6) held the Brewers to two runs, seven hits and two walks over five innings and earned his first victory since April 8.

Hector Velazquez (1-1, 6.48 ERA) will get the ball for the Sox Monday night at Kansas City.

"I'll never settle", Sale said.

The Red Sox got a lead off double from Jackie Bradley Jr.in the 9th inning, but were not able to get any runs across.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique) threw about 40 pitches off the mound to hitters before the game and reported no problems.

Benintendi's solo blast to right field traveled 454 feet and it marked the 100th hit of his career.

In the fifth inning, the Sox took the lead with help from the Kansas City defense. And when Whit Merrifield drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, and Mike Minor and Kelvin Herrera closed it out, the Royals had a 4-2 win - their eighth in nine games.

Red Sox: Pedroia (ribs) still felt discomfort while swinging in the cage before the game, though Farrell said it's possible the second baseman could play Wednesday. He also allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings on Friday in Houston. An MRI came back negative, and Farrell said Pedroia is day to day. Perez is already two-thirds of the way to a career-high home run total.

Sale went into "Dominate Mode" Tuesday night and the Red Sox offense was too much for Matt Strahm, who was making his 2nd career big league start.

The dominant performance came after Sale twirled a complete game in his last start at Kansas City, allowing two earned runs while striking out 10 in a 7-4 victory last September 16 for the White Sox.

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