BOSTON – Former Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross returned to Fenway Park Friday night. With a vengeance. He went 4-for-5, one hit shy of his career high, with three RBI, two runs scored, two doubles, a home run, and a stolen base. And on this night, there would be no ninth-inning magic for the Red Sox, as they fell to the Diamondbacks, 7-6.
The loss stopped the Sox’ three-game win streak.
Left-hander Jon Lester started, but was not involved in the decision, as his ERA climbed from 4took the loss, falling to 10-7, with a 4.27 to 4.52. Lester reversed course from his three previous starts, in which he gave up a total of just five runs over 19 2/3 innings, going 2-1. On Friday, he lasted just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season, while giving up six runs on a season-high 11 hits, with now walks, six strikeouts, and a home run.
The game was tied through six innings until Ross led off the seventh with a home run, his seventh of the season, off reliever Pedro Beato.
Randall Delgado earned the win for the D’backs, going six innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on six hits and walk with seven strikeouts and two home runs. He improved to 4-3, with a 3.17 ERA.
Arizona scored first, on Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run homer in the first, scoring Aaron Hill, who singled ahead of him.
The Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning, on David Ortiz’ 21st home run, a two-run, two-out shot to center field, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, who led off with his eighth triple of the season.
The Sox took the lead in the second on when Daniel Nava reached on an error, taking third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s double. Nava scored on Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly, and Saltalamacchia scored on Brock Holt’s sac fly.
But Arizona got a run in the third when Ross’ one-out single to right scored Martin Prado, who singled ahead of him. The D’backs added three more in fifth, when Hill led off with a double, scoring on Prado’s one-out double, with Ross’ double, scoring Prado. Jason Kubel’s single scored Ross, ending Lester’s outing. Matt Thornton entered, getting the final two outs of the inning to end the D’backs rally.
The Sox tied the game in the sixth on Drew’s two-run homer, scoring Napoli, who opened the inning with a single. It was Drew’s eighth home run of the season. Against his former team, he had three RBI.
But, Ross’ lead-off home run gave the D’backs the lead. And in this game there was no ninth-inning magic for the Red Sox.
STAR OF THE GAME: Cody Ross
Returning to Fenway Park for the first time since last season, Ross went 4-for-5, with three RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. His seventh home run of the season, leading off the seventh off Pedro Beato, was the decisive run in the game.
HONORABLE MENTION: Stephen Drew
Against his former team, Drew went 2-for-2 with a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
THE GOAT: Jon Lester
Lester lasted just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season, giving up six runs on a season-high 11 hits. He allowed more runs in this brief outing than he had in his three previous starts, when he gave up a total of five runs in 19 2/3 innings.
THE TURNING POINT
Ross lead-off home run in the seventh broke the tied ballgame and was the decisive run in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Red Sox were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 6 runners on base in the game.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“Obviously I want to come in here and perform and play well. Any time you play against one of your old teams you want to do that. But I have no hard feelings toward anybody in this organization. This is a first-class organization. It’s just nice to be back here and playing again." – Cody Ross