Sox drop series finale after rough 2nd inning, 8-1

Sox drop series finale after rough 2nd inning, 8-1
August 17, 2014, 4:30 pm
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BOSTON - The Red Sox made a couple of bonehead mistakes on Sunday - and paid dearly for them.

The Astros scored six runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 8-1 win and a series split at Fenway Park.

Of course, Sox starter Joe Kelly put himself in a tough spot to begin with, but his defense didn't help either.

With the bases loaded in the 2nd inning, Astros left-fielder Marc Krauss hit a fly ball to deep left field near the base of the Green Monster. Yoenis Cespedes back-pedaled to the ball and had room to make the catch, but with his inexperience in Fenway's left field, he turned to the wall and braced for impact, allowing the ball to drop.

A run scored on the play and again the Astros kept them loaded. After a Matt Dominguez sacrifice fly scored another run, Marwin Gonzalez grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play.

Xander Bogaerts fielded the ball cleanly at short and had plenty of time to step on second base and fire to first base for the double play. Originally, it was ruled a double play, but Astros manager Bo Porter challenged the play, saying Bogaerts threw to first base before his foot hit second base.

After 2:24 review, the play was reversed and the runner was safe at 2nd base. Kelly then walked the next batter, loading the bases for Jose Altuve.

Can you predict what happened next? Yup - grand slam.

That was enough to blow John Farrell's gasket, as he was already upset at the overturned call to begin with. He was ejected from the game and the Red Sox were put in a 6-0 hole they could never dig themselves out of.

Kelly lasted just 4.0 innings, and was charged with all seven runs despite the miscues in the field (they weren't official errors). He gave up seven hits and walked six batters, striking out three.

Craig Breslow came on for an inning of scoreless relief before Steven Wright made his season debut for the Red Sox, having been called up earlier in the day.

Wright pitched the final four innings of the game for Boston, allowing four hits including a solo home run to Jon Singleton in the 9th inning. He struck out four.

The Red Sox only run on the day came in the third inning when Daniel Nava doubled home Brock Holt. Nava was caught between second and third base on the play. That was the Red Sox only extra-base hit on the day.

The Red Sox left nine men on base.

They finish the season series against the Astros with a 4-3 record.