Ross gets it done with the bat and glove on Sunday

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Ross gets it done with the bat and glove on Sunday

BOSTON -- Cody Ross wasnt even sure of the last time he had a sacrifice bunt. It could have been earlier this year, Ross said after Sundays game against the Orioles at Fenway Park, but he wasnt sure.

Actually, it was June 19 against the Marlins. That increased the bunt total in his nine-season career to three. So, to see him attempt it in the eighth inning of a tie game with no outs and the potential go-ahead run on second base in the person of Dustin Pedroia, who had just doubled off Luis Ayala, may have looked a little odd. It was more than a deke, though.

It wasnt something that was asked of me, Ross said. I just kind of did it on my own.

I tried to get him over with a bunt, just for the simple fact that it was tough to see throughout the whole game. I was just hoping I could get a ball down and then have, I guess, James Loney behind me or whoever try to drive Pedey in.

Instead, Ross missed on his first attempt, a first-pitch fastball. On the second pitch, another fastball, he reverted to his forte using his made-for-Fenway swing to drive a double off the wall, driving in Pedroia with what would be the eventual winning run, extending Ross team-high RBI total to 77 (among active players, Adrian Gonzalez had 86 with the Sox), giving the Sox a 2-1 lead.

I just decided to attempt to stay inside one and get him over that way, and the pitch just kept kind of running in on me, he said. I just tried to stay inside it and luckily I kept it fair.

But it wasnt just the eighth inning. Ross left his imprint on the game from the very beginning. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a home run-saving catch in right field.

Ross scored the Sox first run, after he led leading off the fourth with a single. He went to second when Loney walked, and took third on Danny Valencias fielders choice, alertly going home on Robert Andinos throwing error.

In the first inning, he made a nifty catch behind the Pesky Pole to rob Adam Jones of a home run, slamming into the wall in the process.

Adam put a really good swing on a ball that was away and I was just tracking it and thinking that it was probably going to be foul, Ross said. And just ran over and didnt really know where I was, actually. I thought the ball was in front of the pole after I caught it and I ran in and someone said, You just robbed a home run. I was like, I did? Oh cool. Banged my knee up a little bit and my forearms a little sore. But gratifying to catch it and help Felix Doubront have that scoreless inning. And he went after that to pitch well and 11 strikeouts and got some key groundballs, and just looked outstanding pounding the strike zone. Great game.

Asked if he prefers home run-robbing catches or game-winning hits, Ross replied:

Theyre both equally as great. You dont necessarily think that a play in the first inning is going to be a game-saving catch. But then it ended up to be a big play. But when you do something later on in the innings, in the seventh, eighth, ninth innings, thats definitely more gratifying.

For now, his fourth career sacrifice bunt will have to wait.

Its a lot tougher than it looks, Ross said, with a smile.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.