Sox take third straight from Tigers, 6-4


Sox take third straight from Tigers, 6-4

BOSTON Jon Lester struggled early, giving up three runs over the first three innings to the Tigers, but he settled down to retire 10 of the next 12 batters he faced.The Red Sox offense also rebounded after being retired in order the first time through, to beat the Tigers, 6-4, for the third straight game.Lester went 6 23 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits with no walks, seven strikeouts, and a wild pitch. He threw 120 pitches, 83 for strikes. It was his second outing this season without giving up a walk, along with a complete-game win against the Mariners on May 14.The Sox gave Lester four runs in the fourth. With two outs, Adrian Gonzalez hit a ground-rule double into the Sox bullpen in center, David Ortiz hit his 12th home run of the season into the seats in straightaway center, Kevin Youkilis singled, and Will Middlebrooks hit his sixth home run of the season, giving the Sox a 4-3 edge.With Marlon Byrds single after Middlebrooks home run, the Sox had five straight hits in the inning, one short of their season high for an inning, when they had six straight in the eighth inning against the Rays on April 13.But Lester was not involved in the decision. Leading 4-3, he left with two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh. Matt Albers, who came in to relieve, gave up a single to Andy Dirks. Miguel Cabrera, the next batter, sliced a pop down the right field line. Gonzalez, playing right, charged in to field the ball. But as he dove and tumbled the ball fell from his glove as the tying run scored, charged to Lester.Gonzalez made up for the in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Octavio Dotel in to relive Smyly, Daniel Nava walked and Mike Aviles singled. Gonzalezs second ground-rule double of the game scored Nava, putting the Sox ahead by a run.In the eighth, Kevin Youkilis led off with home run off the Sports Authority sign about the Monster in left field. It was Youkilis fourth home run of the season.Except for the Youkilis home run, the Sox scored all their runs in the game with two out.Albers got the win, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA. Dotel took the loss for the Tigers. Alfredo Aceves recorded his 13th save of the season.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.