Morales, balanced offense beat Braves, 8-4

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Morales, balanced offense beat Braves, 8-4

BOSTON The Red Sox offense had more hits in the first inning Saturday night, four, than it had in the entire game Friday night. The Sox knocked Braves starter Randall Delgado from the game after just 1 13 innings, on their way to an 8-4 win.

The Sox scored two runs in each of the first two innings.

With one out in the first Dustin Pedroia singled, taking third on Jarrod Saltalamacchias two-out single and scoring on Adrian Gonzalezs single.

In the second Mike Aviles singled with one out, and Delgado hit Daniel Nava with a pitch. Both runners scored on Dustin Pedroias double to center field.

After Fridays loss to the Braves, in which Pedroia went 0-for-4, manager Bobby Valentine predicted that Pedroia would soon get hotter than a firecracker. Pedroia had been 9-for-62 (.145) in his last 15 games after sitting out six games with a thumb injury.

He went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Saturdays win.

Will Middlebrooks continues to stay hot at the plate. He went 3-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle, with a run scored and two RBI. He led off the third with his ninth home run of the season, giving the Sox a 5-1 lead.

Early in the game it looked like Franklin Morales might be in for a struggle. He allowed the first three Braves batters to reach base, scoring one run. But he settled down, retiring the next three to get out of the inning with no further damage.

Morales went six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. He improved his record to 1-1, with a 3.12 ERA.

Delgado took the loss for the Braves, falling to 4-3 with a 4.52 ERA.

Scott Atchison snapped a string of six scoreless appearances, spanning 6 23 innings, allowing a run on two hits in the seventh.

Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

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.