Bard implosion leads to Red Sox loss to Jays, 5-1

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Bard implosion leads to Red Sox loss to Jays, 5-1

TORONTO Daniel Bard struggled with what looked like a complete lackof control, posting the worst outing for a Red Sox starting pitcherthis season, and the Sox dropped the series finale, 5-1, to the Blue Jays.

Bard lasted just 1 23 innings, facing 13 batters in all, giving up five runs on just one hit withsix walks two hit batters, a home run, and two strikeouts. Bards ERA rose from4.56 to 5.24.

Bard opened the game with walks to Kelly Johnson and YunelEscobar before Jose Bautistas blast into the left field seats. Bautista hadbeen 0-for-9 in his career against Bard before that.

Bard followed that with a four-pitch walk to EdwinEncarnacion before getting David Cooper to ground into a double play and BrettLawrie to fly out to Scott Podsednik in center.

Bards performance deteriorated in the second inning. Heopened with another four-pitch walk to Colby Rasmus and a walk to J.P.Arencibia before striking out No. 9 hitter Rajai Davis and Johnson.

Bard then hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch to load the basesbefore a walk to Bautista forced in a run. Encarnacion then became Bardssecond hit batter of the afternoon, forcing in another run -- with the RogersCentre crowd chanting for his ejection -- and forcing Bard from the game as theRogers Centre crowd booed him off the field.

Franklin Morales replaced Bard, holding the Blue Jays scorelessfor 4 13 innings, his longest outing as a reliever and longest since going 413 as a starter for the Rockies on April 28, 2008. Scott Atchison and Rich Hill pitched thefinal two scoreless innings.

Meanwhile, Sox batters could do little with Blue Jays rookieDrew Hutchison, who went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and awalk with five strikeouts, a home run and two hit batters.

The Sox scored their lone run on Kelly Shoppachs third homerun of the season, a solo shot with two outs in the fifth of Hutchison.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.