Lester dominates as Sox beat Orioles, 6-2

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Lester dominates as Sox beat Orioles, 6-2

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

BALTIMORE -- Someday, maybe, the Baltimore Orioles will figure out a way to beat Jon Lester.

Maybe.

For now, Lester is literally unbeatable to the Orioles. He limited them to two runs over eight innings in a 6-2 victory to improve his lifetime mark to 14-0 in 17 career starts against them with a 2.33 ERA. The 14 wins represent the longest winning streak for any active pitcher against one team.

The Sox snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia -- who had been 1-for-20 before that at-bat -- scored Carl Crawford from third on an infield dribbler. Boston added to its lead in the eighth with an RBI-single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

The top three hitters in the Red Sox order -- Ellsbury, Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez -- combined for eight hits and five RBI on the night. Ellsbury enjoyed his second consecutive three-hit game.

Lester allowed four hits and two runs over eight innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and left the Sox with a 6-3 mark on their three-city, nine-game road trip.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester allowed two runs over eight innings to improve to 3-1 this season and 14-0 lifetime against the Orioles.

The night began ominously for the lefty, who allowed a walk and two singles to the first three hitters he faced. But after allowing a run on the second hit, he got himself out of the jam and allowed just one more run the rest of the way -- a solo homer to Vladmir Guerrero in the sixth.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez had three hits -- including two doubles -- and drove in two runs. The first baseman has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and has eight RBI in that span.

Gonzalez is one of just two Red Sox regulars to be hitting over .300 this season (.308); Jed Lowrie is the other.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Mike Gonzalez
Baltimore lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez came in with a runner on and no out in the eighth and allowed three of the four hitters he faced to reach. Two later scored.

TURNING POINT
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's bases-loaded single in the eighth increased the Red Sox lead from a run to two runs.

BY THE NUMBERS
Adrian Gonzalez had two doubles Thursday and four in the series, giving him 10 through 24 games.

QUOTE OF NOTE
"It ticked me off a little.'' -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Orioles' decision to intentionally walk J.D. Drew in the sixth to get to him.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

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.