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Torreyes homers, Philly bullpen shines in 5-4 win over BoSox

Torreyes homers, Philly bullpen shines in 5-4 win over BoSox

BOSTON — Ronald Torreyes hit a three-run homer, Philadelphia used six pitchers after losing its scheduled starter to COVID-19 contact tracing, and the Phillies hung on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday.The Phillies took the last two of the three-game series at Boston and enter the All-Star break at 44-44 — Philadelphia’s first time at .500 since being 34-34 in late June.“This is a resilient group. We’ve probably had as many tough losses as any team in baseball and we have found a way,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Two weeks ago we were kind of in a nightmarish week. The last 10 days, we’ve played extremely well. We’ve beat some good teams, taken some series from good teams. We’ve had a winning road trip — extremely proud.”Torreyes had three of Philadelphia’s six hits and J.T. Realmuto had an RBI single in the third.Philadelphia had to scratch starter Aaron Nola and place the right-hander and three teammates on COVID-19-related injured reserve on Sunday. Brandon Kintzler started the group effort with one-plus inning, Cristopher Sánchez (1-0) got the win after taking over in the second, and Ranger Suárez finished it, striking out two in the ninth to earn his second save after 2 1-3 scoreless innings.“We felt like if we could get Kintzler and Sánchez through at least three we’d be OK,” Girardi said. “I give Sánchez a ton of credit because he threw a light side yesterday. I don’t think he was supposed to pitch until Monday. To get as many outs as he did was huge for us.”The Red Sox lost their second straight at Fenway Park, where they had a nine-game winning streak before Philadelphia’s 11-2 rout on Saturday night.Boston enters the All-Star break leading the AL East at 55-36.“We’re in first place in the East. Nobody can take that away from us,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “I’m a little disappointed that we lost the last two series, but good teams get disappointed when that happens. We expect better than this.”Xander Bogaerts homered for Boston, which outhit Philadelphia 11-6 but could not overcome a 5-1 deficit after Torreyes’ homer in the fourth. Boston was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.“It was the bullpen overall. They all did a great job. Each guy that came into the game, kept the game close,” Torreyes said through a translator.Philadelphia scored five runs, four earned, off Nick Pivetta (7-4), who worked four innings against the team that traded him to Boston last summer.“I have a lot of respect for those guys over there. It’s exciting to compete against them. I came up with quite a few of those guys. I think that’s the biggest thing,” Pivetta said.Rhys Hoskins had a two-out double in the fourth and Brad Miller walked to set up Torreyes, who belted Pivetta’s 3-2 fastball into the top row of seats above the Green Monster.“It felt very good. It’s always good to put the team ahead,” Torreyes said.Torreyes also singled in the third and scored on Realmuto’s two-out single, which led to another run on a throwing error by right fielder Hunter Renfroe.Pivetta pitched four innings, allowing five runs — four earned — on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth on Bobby Dalbec’s RBI single and Christian Arroyo’s run-scoring double, but were blanked after that.SHORT STARTForced into the role of an opener, Kintzler threw one pitch in the second, and Bogaerts drove it out of Fenway for his 15th homer. The Phillies went to the bullpen for Sánchez, who lasted until Arroyo led off the fifth with a double off the wall in right-center.“It’s wasn’t like it was sprung on us at 9 o’clock this morning. We pretty much knew yesterday after the game that this was the likely scenario, so you’ve got to deal with it,” Girardi said.SOLID IN CENTERKiké Hernández made a diving grab on a fly ball that was sinking quickly in center field in the fifth. Segura gambled that the ball would drop and ran from first all the way to third before Hernández got up and threw to first to complete the double play.Hernández made another diving catch in the sixth on a sinking liner by Andrew McCutchen.EARLY BREAKBrad Miller was ejected in the ninth after arguing a called third strike from Brandon Workman. Torreyes restrained Miller until Girardi took over as Miller shouted and pointed at umpire Jansen Visconti.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: Nola was placed on the COVID-19 list because of contact tracing after 3B Alec Bohm tested positive. RHP Connor Brogdon and LHP Bailey Falter were placed on the list because of contact tracing.Red Sox: 1B Marwin González left the game after two innings because of tightness in his right hamstring. Dalbec replaced him.UP NEXTPhillies: Host the Miami Marlins for a doubleheader on Friday to open a four-game series including the makeup of a game rained out on July 1.Red Sox: Return from the All-Star break Thursday and open a four-game series at the New York Yankees.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Red Sox hit 4 homers, Eovaldi shuts down Royals in 15-1 rout

Red Sox hit 4 homers, Eovaldi shuts down Royals in 15-1 rout

Kiké Hernández led off with a homer for the third time in five days, Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox routed the struggling Kansas City Royals 15-1By DOUG ALDEN Associated PressJuly 1, 2021, 9:52 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON — Kiké Hernández led off with a homer for the third time in five days, Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox routed the struggling Kansas City Royals 15-1 on Thursday.Danny Santana and Rafael Devers each homered and drove in five runs. J.D. Martinez also homered, starting Boston’s five-run fourth with his 17th of the season. Santana connected for a three-run shot later in the inning. Devers hit his 20th of the year, a three-run blast in the sixth.”We’re doing some great things offensively,” manager Alex Cora said.The Red Sox scored their most runs in a game this season and matched their season best with 17 hits. Four of them were homers, making it the third time in five games they have hit four out of Fenway Park.Boston won its seventh in a row and completed a four-game sweep of the Royals, who lost their ninth straight.Eovaldi (9-4) allowed a pair of singles in the first and mostly cruised after that, scattering three more hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Matt Andriese pitched the final two innings, allowing one unearned run in the ninth.Hernández drove the fourth pitch he saw from Kris Bubic (2-4) into the seats above the Green Monster, his ninth homer of the season. He also led off with a home run against Kansas City on Monday and in Sunday’s win over the Yankees.The Red Sox followed with four runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth.The Royals started their 10-game trip by beating the Yankees on June 22 but haven’t won since. Jarrod Dyson doubled home Ryan O’Hearn in the ninth for Kansas City’s only run.“You fight your way through this. No one’s going to throw out a hand or a life preserver,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “We’ve got to dig deep and realize that what we’re feeling right now is not what we want to feel.”BACK ON TRACKEovaldi lost his last start against Kansas City, allowing three earned runs in four innings on June 20. This time, he benefited from early offensive support.“Any time we score runs, I want to try and get those guys back in the dugout as fast possible. I was able to do that today and I think that’s why our offense was able to keep putting the pressure on their guys,” Eovaldi said.DON’T GO CHANGINGBubic pitched four innings, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks. Ervin Santana took over in the fifth and allowed four more runs, including one when we was called for a balk with the bases loaded.All three of the homers Bubic allowed came on changeups.“If you’re going to go to a pitch that you know they’re sitting on, you’re going to have to be able to stretch the zone with it. Those are things that Kris is learning the hard way with a couple of these starts,” Matheny said.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: INF Nicky Lopez, who fouled a ball off his foot Tuesday, was back in the lineup, starting at shortstop and batting ninth. He went 2-for-3.Red Sox: 1B Bobby Dalbec missed a second straight game after leaving Tuesday night with tightness in his right hamstring.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Brady Singer (3-6, 4.70 ERA) faces Minnesota lefty J.A. Happ (4-3, 5.83) as the Royals return home and open a three-game series against the Twins on Friday night.Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4, 5.83) faces RHP Frankie Montas (7-7, 4.72) as Boston opens a three-game series at Oakland on Friday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Martinez leads Red Sox past slumping Royals 7-6

Martinez leads Red Sox past slumping Royals 7-6

BOSTON — J.D. Martinez drove in four runs, including two on a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the slumping Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Tuesday on a sweltering night at Fenway Park.The Red Sox, who had four homers in each of their previous two games, won their fifth straight despite not going deep Tuesday.“We put in good at-bats,” manager Alex Cora said. “The line is moving. We’re walking, too. We’ve been controlling the strike zone. We’re doing a lot of good things offensively. ”The result was 12 hits, one fewer than the pesky Royals had as they pushed to end a six-game slide. Boston pitchers allowed three homers by the Royals for the second straight game, but Kansas City’s skid continued with its seventh loss in a row.“If there’s something positive to take away from tonight, we kept battling. We kept finding ways to get runners on. Guys had a lot of big hits,” said Ryan O’Hearn, whose two-run homer to center in the fifth put the Royals up 6-5.Whit Merrifield led off the game with a homer for Kansas City off Nick Pivetta. Michael A. Taylor and O’Hearn each hit two-run shots for the Royals, who fell to 1-7 on a 10-game road trip that concludes Thursday afternoon in Boston.The clubs combined for 25 hits in the game, which stretched more than 3 1/2 hours in sweltering conditions that only eased slightly from a game-time temperature of 95 degrees.“It was really hard to get a grip on the baseball. My whole uniform was soaked before the first inning even started,” said Royals starter Brad Keller, who threw 102 pitches over five-plus innings. “It was tough because I felt like rosin wasn’t doing a whole lot and neither was the dirt.”Yacksel Rios (2-0) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Matt Barnes pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.After Merrifield put the Royals up right away, the lead changed hands six more times before Martinez lined a double to right in the sixth with two runners on. Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo scored easily and the 7-6 lead held.Martinez also had an RBI single in the first and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly during Boston’s two-run fourth. Every Red Sox player in the starting lineup finished with at least one hit.Keller faced one batter in the sixth before being replaced by Jake Brentz after Bobby Dalbec hit a leadoff single to left. Brentz (2-1) couldn’t hold the lead, walking Verdugo and putting two runners on for Martinez, whose double to right put Boston back up. Brentz allowed one run and one hit, walked one and struck out three.FROM THE STARTPivetta, who pitched 6 2/3 innings of hitless ball last Thursday at Tampa Bay, got tagged right away Tuesday when Merrifield belted a 2-2 fastball out to right for his 10th career leadoff homer.Pivetta went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits. He walked two and struck out five before being pulled after O’Hearn’s two-run homer put Kansas City back up 6-5.“I’ve really got to bounce back from this one. I needed to go deeper into the ballgame. I need to give more innings so we can give the bullpen a little more of a rest there,” Pivetta said. “But at the end of the day the bullpen picked me up, the hitters picked me up all game as they did and we came out with the win.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Placed RHP Wade Davis (right forearm strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday. Kansas City also recalled LHP Richard Lovelady from Triple-A Omaha. … Hanser Alberto replaced Emmanuel Rivera at third base in the bottom of the second. Rivera, who singled in his first two at-bats Monday night while making his major league debut, left Tuesday’s game because of pain in his left wrist, the Royals said.Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery he had in 2020 and pitched to batters over the weekend, is scheduled to throw again Wednesday, Cora said. “The live BPs are great, but how he feels the next day is the most important thing and so far, in between that live BP and up to now, he’s feeling amazing,” Cora said. “He’ll go through his work tomorrow and we’ll see how he reacts on Thursday.”UP NEXTRoyals LHP Mike Minor (6-5, 5.12 ERA) held the Red Sox to two runs over 6 2/3 innings while picking up the win on June 20 in Kansas City. Minor will face Boston lefty Martin Perez (5-4, 4.09).—More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports