A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:

Shawn Haviland

Shawn Haviland

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (54-82): L, 7-0, at Rochester (Twins)

— Starting right-hander Shawn Haviland suffered the loss Sunday after allowing five runs — four earned — on nine hits and three walks over five innings of work. He also struck out three. Haviland fell to 5-9 and now has a 4.30 ERA.

— Righty Keith Couch relieved Haviland in the sixth inning and allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Couch has made four relief appearances and 21 starts for Pawtucket this season and is 4-10 with a 6.29 ERA.

— Right-hander Ryan Cook tossed a perfect eighth inning for the PawSox. Cook has pitched 9 1/3 innings over seven games in a Pawtucket uniform and has yet to allow a run.

— The Pawtucket offense was held to just five hits, as shortstop Deven Marrero, second baseman Marco Hernandez, designated hitter Carlos Rivero, third baseman Mike Miller and first baseman Matt Spring all singled.

Oscar Tejeda

Oscar Tejeda

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (49-85): L, 7-5 (15 innings), at New Britain (Rockies)

— Oscar Tejeda, who has played the majority of his games at third base this season, came in to pitch for the Sea Dogs in the bottom of the 14th inning. After loading the bases in the 14th, the righty escaped the frame unscathed, but he gave up a walkoff, two-run home run in the bottom of the 15th.

— Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum started for Portland and allowed three runs (two earned)€” on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings. Righty Mike Augliera tossed two scoreless innings of relief before lefty Williams Jerez gave up the tying run in the eighth inning.

— After Jerez pitched a scoreless ninth, right-hander Heri Quevedo came on for extras and went four innings. He gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 11th after Portland took a one-run lead in the top half of the frame. Quevedo finished with five hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

— First baseman Sam Travis led the Portland offense, going 2-for-7 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. Third baseman Dustin Lawley went 3-for-6, and right fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-6 with an RBI.

— Sunday marked Portland’€™s second-longest game of the season — the Sea Dogs played 16 innings on July 2.

Brandon Show

Brandon Show

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (60-72): L, 4-1, vs. Potomac (Nationals)

— Righty reliever Brandon Show took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in three innings of relief. Show has pitched in 11 games for Salem this season and is 1-1 with one save and a 3.19 ERA.

— Right-hander Kyle Kraus made a spot start for the Red Sox and went six innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Kraus has pitched in 13 games for Salem this season and is 1-2 with two saves and a 1.24 ERA.

— Second baseman Yoilan Cerse led the Salem offense with a 3-for-4 day. Catcher Jordan Procyshen went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and right fielder Franklin Guzman went 2-for-4.

— Sunday’€™s game was the final home game of the season for the Sox, who went 31-38 at Lewis-Gale Field this year.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (68-64): L, 4-3, at Rome (Braves)

— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi continued his success at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Benintendi is batting .341 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 11 games in a Drive uniform. He has hit safely in his last five games and has recorded two hits in each of his last three.

— Third baseman Rafael Devers also posted a two-hit game for Greenville, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Devers has hit safely in his last five games and is hitting .276 on the season.

— Right-hander Ben Taylor took the loss after giving up four unearned runs, four hits and one walk with three strikeouts over five innings of work. Taylor, who was the Red Sox’€™ seventh-round pick in this year’€™s draft, has started nine games for Greenville and has an 0-2 record and a 3.40 ERA.

— Righty Mario Alcantara pitched three scoreless innings of relief and allowed two hits and one walk. He also struck out three. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic has appeared in 34 games for the Drive this season and is 4-2 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA.

Enfember Martinez

Enfember Martinez

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (34-34): L, 10-5 (11 innings), vs. Hudson Valley (Rays)

— Enfember Martinez suffered the loss after giving up five runs in the top of the 11th inning. The 20-year-old right-hander allowed four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Martinez dropped to 3-3 on the season after 15 appearances. He now has a 3.60 ERA.

— Right-hander Kevin Steen started for the Spinners and was tagged for four earned runs on four hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He recorded two strikeouts. Steen has started six games for the Spinners this year and is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

— Left fielder Tyler Spoon drove in four of the Spinners’€™ five runs and finished the day 2-for-4 with a two-run home run (his first home run in a Spinners uniform), a double and a walk. The 22-year-old has played in nine games for Lowell this season and is hitting .243 with six RBIs.

— Shortstop Jeremy Rivera went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. First baseman Tucker Tubbs also posted a multi-hit game for Lowell, going 2-for-5.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

Though at opposite ends of the division standings, the Red Sox and Yankees have both seen the momentum shift their way in the past week and will clash at Fenway Park for a three-game set starting Monday.

The Red Sox are 60-70, good for last place in the overachieving AL East. However, since July 24 and their post-All-Star break hangover, they’ve turned in a respectable 18-16 record. And in their last 12, they’ve gone 8-4.

The Sox are fresh off a series win against the first-place Mets, who own the fourth-best team ERA in baseball (3.31). While the lineup couldn’t get it going early in games, the Sox showed resiliency late in taking two games after the sixth inning. In the first game of the series, Matt Harvey held Sox batters scoreless through six, but Boston snagged three runs in the seventh and three in the 10th off the bullpen to earn the 6-4 win. In the second game it took five innings, but the Sox finally figured out Jacob DeGrom when Pablo Sandoval doubled home Mookie Betts. They would tack on two more runs and emerge victorious by a 3-1 score.

“All around we’re playing good baseball,” Joe Kelly said after holding the Mets offense to one run over 7 1/3 innings in Saturday’s squeaker. “Defensively, offensively, guys are making good swings and staying with their approaches and, like I said, top to bottom we’re playing good baseball. It’s fun to watch coming to the ballpark winning more than losing, obviously. We’re not in it right now, but watching the way everyone is playing, it’s pretty fun.”

In 12 meetings this year, the Sox have gone 4-8 against the Yankees. Their most recent encounter left the Red Sox reeling. After getting pounded 13-3 by the Bronx Bombers in the opener of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 4, the Sox turned around a stole a 2-1 victory from their rivals the next day, beating rookie phenom Luis Severino in his major league debut. However, the last game of the series proved the most damaging. With one out in the seventh in a 1-1 deadlock, Jacoby Ellsbury laced a home run down the right-field line off lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. That would be all the offense the Yankees would need as their top-notch bullpen shut down the Sox lineup the rest of the way.

Rodriguez’s mistake might prove to be the difference in the Yankees’ playoff aspirations as they currently sit at 72-57, just 1 1/2 games back of the AL East-leading Blue Jays. Since losing the division lead for the first time on Aug. 12, the Yankees have been in a dogfight for the pennant. They’ve gone 11-6 in their last 17 games, but it hasn’t been enough to keep pace with the surging Blue Jays, although they are comfortably in the lead for a wild card berth.

However, if the Yankees offer more performances like those of this past weekend, it will be near impossible to keep them from making their 18th October appearance in the last 22 years. Facing an above-average Braves rotation, the Bombers’ bats exploded for 38 runs. Most of the damage was done Sunday when they put a 20 on the scoreboard behind a combined eight RBIs from Chase Headley and Stephen Drew. Just two days before, the Yankees had left the Turner Field faithful in a state of shock when they dropped 15 big ones against six Braves pitchers, none of whom lasted three innings.

The Yankees didn’t need to demolish the Braves in three games to prove they have one of the best lineups in baseball. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have seen career rejuvenations in 2015 as they’ve combined for 57 home runs and 148 RBIs. Fellow veterans Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have helped protect Rodriguez and the Teixeira in the order, as they maintain OPS totals over .800 as well.

As the Yankees prepare to make a run for the postseason, they can rest a little easier knowing they have guys in the lineup who have been there before.

“It was a good series for us,” Rodriguez after the Yanks’ 20-6 win Sunday. “It was great to see the guys 1-9, 1-12 swing the bats extremely well. It’s been a while since we swung the bats like this, so hopefully it sets the tone for September.”

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Monday: Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5, 4.39 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA)
Tuesday: Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA)
Wednesday: Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA)

WHO’S HOT: RED SOX

— Blake Swihart finally is showing the pop in his bat that made him one of the Red Sox’ top prospects heading into the 2015 season. The switch-hitting catcher is 16-for-31 in his last nine games with 12 runs and eight RBIs during that span in addition to a game-winning inside-the-park home run.

— Another rookie swinging a hot stick is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. He remained locked in Sunday when he pounded a pinch-hit run-scoring double. He has slashed .386/.435/.877 since Aug. 9.

— Rookie southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez has pieced together two consecutive quality starts, notching the win against the Indians on Aug. 18 when he held them to one run over eight innings and receiving the tough-luck no-decision last Sunday against the Royals after a six-inning, two-earned-run effort. Rodriguez’s ERA in these last two starts is a stellar 1.93.

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius

WHO’S HOT: YANKEES

Carlos Beltran has had one of the hottest bats in the AL since the end of July, slashing .358/.438/.667 with 15 RBIs and 16 runs in 25 games. His bat only grew stronger during the Yankees’ weekend series with the Braves as he went 6-for-12 with four runs scored.

— Long known for his defense at shortstop, Didi Gregorius has begun to swing his bat with more authority of late. Against the Braves he logged seven hits, eight RBIs and three runs scored. His breakout came on Friday when he turned in a 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs.

— Pitching with a partially torn UCL in his elbow, Masahiro Tanaka has still managed to be one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters late into the campaign. During the month of August he’s gone 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA and a .205/.242/.385 opponents’ slash line. The highlight came Aug. 15 against the Blue Jays when he tossed a complete-game five-hitter against baseball’s best offense.

WHO’S NOT: RED SOX

— In an All-Star campaign, Brock Holt has seen mostly ups, but he’s had some downs as well, this past weekend being one of them. Holt went 2-for-12 against the Mets with four strikeouts and no walks. The second half of the season hasn’t been kind to him in general as he’s slugged just .347 since the All-Star break with 22 strikeouts in 29 starts.

— After picking up a hit in eight contests leading up to the Mets series, Pablo Sandoval reverted over the weekend. He picked up just one hit in three games and whiffed three times, lowering his slugging percentage to .384 for the season.

— Junichi Tazawa’s late-season collapse continued Friday when he walked four batters and gave up a run in just two-thirds of an inning of work. He got the hold, but this appearance marks the fifth time in his last 10 games that he’s been credited with at least one run.

WHO’S NOT: YANKEES

— With a .192 batting average, Stephen Drew has been one of the worst position players in baseball this season. And lately it’s only gotten worse for the former Red Sox infielder. He’s in the midst of a 14-for-74 slump with 17 whiffs in his last 70 plate appearances, although he did have four RBIs in Sunday’s rout of the Braves.

— Brett Gardner, a 2015 All-Star, has seen his average drop 31 points during this second half. In his last seven games he is batting .148 with one RBI and seven strikeouts.

Michael Pineda made his return from injury last Wednesday to little success. The hulking right-hander lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs in a 6-2 loss to the Astros.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik
Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

For Monday’s series opener against the Yankees, the Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound to face Ivan Nova.

Rodriguez’s last start came more than the usual five or six days prior. Instead, the Sox pushed his next outing until Monday to keep his arm from being overworked. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that he and the team don’t want to “ramp [Rodriguez] up to 200 innings,” though he could probably handle it. With 48 1/3 innings pitched in Triple-A this season and 92 1/3 up with the big club, Rodriguez has logged 140 2/3 innings total this year.

“We’re trying to manage his time and his workload, and this is a way to give him a couple extra days. It makes sense for us,” Lovullo said Tuesday.

The lefty pitched opposite the Royals on Aug. 23, lasting six innings and giving up just two earned runs, though four were scored with him on the mound. He allowed seven hits and struck out just one batter. With a no-decision his reward in the start, Rodriguez’s season record remains 7-5, though his ERA improved to 4.39.

This season Rodriguez has seen the Yankees twice, recording a 1-1 mark in those two outings with a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Conceding four earned runs to New York in total, two per start, on 11 hits, he has struck out seven as well and walked three for a WHIP of 1.050. With Rodriguez on the mound, the Yankees slash .234/.294/.447 with three home runs and a double.

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

Nova has faced the Red Sox 10 times in his career, nine of which were starting appearances and one of which was earlier this season on July 11 in Boston. He gave up four runs in that game over 6 2/3 innings and took the loss. Including the other nine appearances, Nova has a 5.05 ERA against the Red Sox with a 3-4 record in 51 2/3 innings. He’€™s given up 11 earned runs on 34 hits and has 35 strikeouts. Boston batters slash .299/.365/.455 vs. Nova and have collected 26 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs.

With a 5-6 record and a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts this season, Nova has a 1.34 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 62 innings. His most recent start was a loss against the Astros on Tuesday as he surrendered seven earned runs in four frames with as many walks and one strikeout. The outing was his shortest of the year, and he had never pitched fewer than five innings all season.

Nova also recorded a shorter start in his previous outing vs. the Indians on Aug. 20, allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five frames.

“It was not a good game today,” Nova said after the Tuesday loss. “It was bad that I have two bad starts in a row and I can’t help the team to win games, especially this late in the season. We are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, and pitching a game like this, it doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help myself.”

Yankees vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury (7 plate appearances): .571 AVG/.571 OBP/1.429 SLG, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Brett Gardner (7): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Alex Rodriguez (7): .500/.571/1.167, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mark Teixeira (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks

Didi Gregorius (5): .200/.200/.200

Chase Headley (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 strikeout

Chris Young (5): .200/.200/.200

Brendan Ryan (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

John Ryan Murphy has one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Rodriguez.

Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP)

David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .364 AVG/462 OBP/.591 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout

Alejandro De Aza (10): .700/.700/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/1.000, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double

Jackie Bradley Jr. (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Hanley Ramirez (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen
Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

For Monday’s series opener against the Yankees, the Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound to face Ivan Nova.

Rodriguez’s last start came more than the usual five or six days prior. Instead, the Sox pushed his next outing until Monday to keep his arm from being overworked. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that he and the team don’t want to “ramp [Rodriguez] up to 200 innings,” though he could probably handle it. With 48 1/3 innings pitched in Triple-A this season and 92 1/3 up with the big club, Rodriguez has logged 140 2/3 innings total this year.

“We’re trying to manage his time and his workload, and this is a way to give him a couple extra days. It makes sense for us,” Lovullo said Tuesday.

The lefty pitched opposite the Royals on Aug. 23, lasting six innings and giving up just two earned runs, though four were scored with him on the mound. He allowed seven hits and struck out just one batter. With a no-decision his reward in the start, Rodriguez’s season record remains 7-5, though his ERA improved to 4.39.

This season Rodriguez has seen the Yankees twice, recording a 1-1 mark in those two outings with a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Conceding four earned runs to New York in total, two per start, on 11 hits, he has struck out seven as well and walked three for a WHIP of 1.050. With Rodriguez on the mound, the Yankees slash .234/.294/.447 with three home runs and a double.

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

Nova has faced the Red Sox 10 times in his career, nine of which were starting appearances and one of which was earlier this season on July 11 in Boston. He gave up four runs in that game over 6 2/3 innings and took the loss. Including the other nine appearances, Nova has a 5.05 ERA against the Red Sox with a 3-4 record in 51 2/3 innings. He’€™s given up 11 earned runs on 34 hits and has 35 strikeouts. Boston batters slash .299/.365/.455 vs. Nova and have collected 26 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs.

With a 5-6 record and a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts this season, Nova has a 1.34 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 62 innings. His most recent start was a loss against the Astros on Tuesday as he surrendered seven earned runs in four frames with as many walks and one strikeout. The outing was his shortest of the year, and he had never pitched fewer than five innings all season.

Nova also recorded a shorter start in his previous outing vs. the Indians on Aug. 20, allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five frames.

“It was not a good game today,” Nova said after the Tuesday loss. “It was bad that I have two bad starts in a row and I can’t help the team to win games, especially this late in the season. We are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, and pitching a game like this, it doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help myself.”

Yankees vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury (7 plate appearances): .571 AVG/.571 OBP/1.429 SLG, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Brett Gardner (7): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Alex Rodriguez (7): .500/.571/1.167, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mark Teixeira (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks

Didi Gregorius (5): .200/.200/.200

Chase Headley (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 strikeout

Chris Young (5): .200/.200/.200

Brendan Ryan (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

John Ryan Murphy has one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Rodriguez.

Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP)

David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .364 AVG/462 OBP/.591 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout

Alejandro De Aza (10): .700/.700/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/1.000, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double

Jackie Bradley Jr. (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Hanley Ramirez (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

Over the last few days much has been made of NESN’s decision not to renew Don Orsillo’s contract for the 2016 season. The network announced ESPN and WEEI’s Dave O’Brien would take over.

While the Cubs are paying Jon Lester to be their ace, another starter has emerged as their true No. 1. Sunday night Arrieta punctuated the notion that he was the top dog in the Chicago rotation, and perhaps the best pitcher in baseball right now.

The righty threw his first career no-hitter in the Cubs’ 2-0 win over the Dodgers, striking out 12 and walking just one while throwing 116 pitches.

The 29-year-old Arrieta struck out the side to complete the feat, fanning Joc Pederson to end the game.

The former Baltimore hurler lowered his ERA to 2.11 with the effort, and carries an 11-1 mark with a 1.07 ERA in his last 14 starts.

Arrieta came to the Cubs on July 2, 2013 along with Pedro Strop in exchange for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.

For more on the no-hitter, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Over the last few days much has been made of NESN’s decision not to renew Don Orsillo’s contract for the 2016 season. The network announced ESPN and WEEI’s Dave O’Brien would take over.

There has been strong support of Orsillo from Red Sox fans who are disappointed by the decision and even have started an online petition that already has thousands of signatures.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner gave his first comments on the matter over the weekend to the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley.

“€œI understand it has created some controversy,” Werner said to Buckley. “€œAnd I also understand that Don is a great broadcaster, but we felt that starting next year it was worth going in a different direction reenergizing the broadcast. And when the opportunity presented itself to bring Dave O’€™Brien to NESN, we just felt after a great deal of thought and consideration that was the right decision to make.”

O’Brien has called Red Sox games for WEEI since 2007 while also doing major league baseball games for ESPN, as well as college basketball games during the offseason.

“€œI think when the opportunity to bring Dave aboard came to us, after a lot of thought we decided, you know what, he’€™s one of the premier broadcasters in the country and we thought he’€™d be a great addition to the team,” Werner said.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Six to go.

The Red Sox may have fallen short of a sweep against the Mets in a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon, but that news was of secondary significance to David Ortiz’s quest for 500 career home runs.

Six to go.

The Red Sox may have fallen short of a sweep against the Mets in a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon, but that news was of secondary significance to David Ortiz’s quest for 500 career home runs.

Ortiz blasted No. 494 ‘€“ a two-run shot off Noah Syndergaard that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth ‘€“ to move within six homers of the magic 500 mark for his career.

In the process, he broke a tie for 27th on the all-time list with Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and former All-Star slugger Fred McGriff, who were each at 493.

Ortiz’s 28th homer of the year left him two shy of his ninth 30-homer season. He is bidding to become the 27th member of the 500 club, joining contemporaries like Gary Sheffield, Albert Pujols, and Manny Ramirez. The next name on the list for him is Hall of Famer Eddie Murray (504).

Sunday’s homer actually meant something within the context of the game, too, because it represented the first damage the Red Sox could manage against Syndergaard, who mowed them down for five innings before Ortiz ripped a low 97 mph into the right field seats on a line.

The lead proved short-lived, however, because Juan Uribe responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run double to dead center off of starter Wade Miley (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 6 Ks), who had virtually matched Syndergaard pitch for pitch until that moment.

The Red Sox didn’t go quietly, however, tying the game in the seventh on Jackie Bradley’s two-out pinch double and Mookie Betts’ bloop RBI triple to left in which the speedster alertly took third when he saw no one covering.

Back came the Mets in the bottom of the seventh, however, when Daniel Murphy reached on a one-out force, stole second, and scored on Michael Cuddyer’s clutch single to left.

The Red Sox made a game of it in the ninth, when Rusney Castillo beat out an infield single leading off and catcher Blake Swihart followed with a sharp single, but Alejandro De Aza failed to get down a sacrifice bunt Mets closer Jeurys Familia closed out the Red Sox from there.

The Red Sox saw their winning streak snapped at three, though they still won the series. They’ve also won eight of 12.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

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