Ross swinging hot bat after two homers on Sunday

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Ross swinging hot bat after two homers on Sunday

BOSTON Cody Ross powered the Red Sox offense on the way to a 9-4 win over the Braves at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.

Ross went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, along with April 23 at Minnesota. He now has 11 home runs this season, just three behind his 2011 total. The five RBI are a season high and matches the second-highest total of his career. It is the most hes collected since June 2, 2009, with the Marlins against the Brewers.

The win also gave the Sox a second win in the three-game series. They have won 11 of their last 15 series since May 10, with three losses and a tie.

Ross first home run a three-run blast into the Monster seats in the fourth inning, scoring Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks, who had both walked put the Sox on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. Adrian Gonzalez, the next batter, followed Ross with a solo shot. It was the third time this season and the first time since Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth inning on May 19 at Philadelphia the Sox have hit back-to-back home runs.

The Braves cut the lead to one run in the top of the fifth.

But the Sox answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, capped by Ross two-run home run, scoring Daniel Nava.

Ross has five home runs in his last eight games.

Im feeling good, said Ross, who is hitting .277. The main thing is just getting out there and contributing and feeling like part of the team again. It was a big series for us, this series. Weve been playing well lately. Today was a good example of a good team win. We kept adding on runs and they kept fighting, trying to get back into it and we kept tacking runs on and our pitchers shut them down. Just a good way to end the series.

Since returning from the disabled list on June 19 after missing 27 games with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, Ross is 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI in six games.

He appeared in two rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket before being activated.

Ive been on the DL enough times where I know that sometimes you go for too long you can find yourself in a funk, he said. Pitchings different in Triple-A than it is here. Its still the same game, but I felt like I was seeing the ball well enough where I could tell them that I was ready to go. My foot felt, obviously, fine and its just nice to start off on the right foot . No pun intended.

Ross reached double-digit home runs in his 43rd game, the second-fastest in a season after 41 games with Florida in 2008. He has at least 10 home runs in a season for the seventh time in his career, all since 2006. He is tied with Carl Crawford for the second-most seasons among all major leaguers hitting 10 or more home runs behind David Ortizs 13.

He definitely gives options and its a threat every time he has a bat in his hands, said manager Bobby Valentine. He feels healthy, obviously. And, two home runs, that works for me any day.

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.