Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2

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Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2

NEW YORK -- In a season of far too many lows, the Red Sox found another on their way to their worst season in more than four decades.

The Yankees launched four homers in the second inning, accounting for all but one of their runs in a 10-2 rout of the Red Sox.

The Yanks sent 13 men to the plate that inning and got homers from Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira.

Starter Clay Buccholz gave up the first three, while Alfredo Aceves gave up the one to Teixeira, who was in the lineup after missing 20 straight games because of a calf injury.

The four homers in the same inning tied a franchise record for the Yankees, who moved a game ahead of the Orioles in the AL East race with two games to play. Both teams have secured playoff spots.

Buchholz, in his final start of the season, dropped to 11-8 and was winless over his final eight outings. His last win came on Aug. 16.

The Sox managed a run in the fourth on Daniel Nava's leadoff homer and got another in the seventh when Mauro Gomez walked, too second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Sox and fourth in a row on this trip, during which they've allowed 10 homers.

It also dropped the Sox to 7-20 since Sept. 1, the same record they posted last September that led to the firing of Terry Francona.

STAR OF THE GAME: Robinson Cano
As the final score hints, there were plenty of offensive heroes as the Yankees pounded out 13 hits and scored 10 runs. But Cano collected three hits -- a homer in the second, and doubles in the third and fourth -- drove in three and scored two as part of the rout.

HONORABLE MENTION: CC Sabathia
Granted, it was hardly an imposing lineup that he faced. But Sabathia did his job, getting quick outs -- retiring the side in order three times in the first six innings -- and allowing his teammates to get back in the batter's box.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
This was, in a word, ugly. Buchholz's final outing of the season will be a tough memory to take into the off-season: 1 23 innings pitched, eight runs -- including three homers -- allowed as his winless streak stretched to eight straight games.

TURNING POINT: A cynic might suggest it was when Bobby Valentine turned in the lineup card full of non-regulars. Still, since this game was lost because of poor pitching, we'll go with the back-to-back homers hit by Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin that quickly built the score to 4-0 in the second.

BY THE NUMBERS: The last time the Red Sox allowed four homers in an inning was 1997, which, coincidentally, was the last season in which they posted a losing record.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's tought whenever you leave pitches out over the middle of the plate and every one of them gets hit.'' -- Clay Buchholz

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.