Cespedes gets payback after brushback by Reds

Cespedes gets payback after brushback by Reds
August 13, 2014, 1:15 am
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CINCINNATI -- After being brushed back, Yoenis Cespedes got payback.

One pitch after ducking away from Jonathan Broxton's high-and-inside fastball, Cespedes launched a no-doubt, 433-foot drive to center field with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

''A lot of times when pitchers throw high and tight, they think the batter backs off and gets flustered,'' Cespdes said after the game through a translator. ''That's not how I am. I get more focused.''

Manager John Farrell pointed out that the eighth-inning, go-ahead homer was Cespedes's second in two games, giving Boston back-to-back victories for the first time since a five-game winning streak from July 13-20. Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Angels.

''Broxton stood him up, then he got a fastball out over the plate, and (Cespedes) showed how strong he is,'' Farrell said. ''I'm not saying it was intentional.''

Cespedes hit his 19th homer of the season. He has reached base at least once in all nine games he's played for the Red Sox since they acquired him from Oakland in a trade.

Broxton's approach was the same used by the Reds all night, manager Bryan Price said.

''I have no regrets about Broxton,'' Price said. ''He went right after (Cespedes). We jammed him the first two times up. We were trying to come inside on him.''