Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

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Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- Once again, the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were tied after six innings.

Unlike the series opener Monday night, however, this time it was the Padres who figured out a way to come up with a late-inning win.

San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded fielder's choice while the Red Sox continued a game-long pattern of wasting scoring opportunities and were left with a 5-4 defeat.

The Sox stranded 11 baserunners, including seven in scoring position in losing for only the third time in the last 16 games.

Alfredo Aceves, taking over for the sick Josh Beckett, allowed five straight walks in the second, leading to two Padres runs.

Two more scored in the third on a run-scoring single from Cameron Maybin and an RBI-double from Nick Hundley.

The Sox chipped away against starter Mat Latos with three runs in the first four innings. Kevin Youkilis doubled home a run in the first while Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Josh Reddick in the third before Reddick doubled home a run in the fourth.

But the Sox managed just one run over the final five innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: The San Diego bullpen
Three pitchers -- Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell -- combined to provide 3 13 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mat Latos.

Bell nailed down his 19th save in 20 opportunities this season and has converted 12 in a row over the last six weeks.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Hundley
Hundley was 2-for-3 with a single, double, walk and an RBI, but one of his biggest contributions came in the sixth when he gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal second, which would have given the Sox two runners in scoring position with the 2-3-4 hitters due up.

GOAT OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-5 and ended two of the first three Boston innings. He stranded three runners in his first two at-bats, forced a runner at second in the fifth, grounded out to lead off the seventh and hit into a double play in the ninth after Kevin Youkilis put the
potential tying run on base with a leadoff single.

TURNING POINT: After a one-out walk by J.D. Drew and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox had the potential tying run at second and go-ahead run at first in the seventh but couldn't produced a hit and stranded both baserunners.

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite having the best record in the American League, the Red Sox are just 9-8 in one-run games this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He lost his command. Normally, (after) a hitter or two, you reel it back in, but he just didn't find it for a while...He just lost the plate. And it hurt.''
-- Terry Francona on Alfredo Aceves walking five straight hitters in the second inning.

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

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

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Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.