Red Sox bat around Royals, 13-9

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Red Sox bat around Royals, 13-9

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON As the summer heathas picked up, so have the Red Sox.

The Sox have been the best team in Major League Baseball during the month of July by absolutely scalding the ball all the way to a 17-4 record for the month, and took another step with a 13-9 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

It was the sixth time during July that the Sox have scored more than 10 runs in a game and out-slugged whichever team lined up against them on the other side of the diamond.

The middle of Bostons batting order did the bulk of the damage in a game that featured a feeble mound performance from lefty Andrew Miller, and Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz powered Boston to victory.

Gonzalez, Pedroia and Ortiz combined to go 10-for-13 with six runs and 8 RBI in the middle of Bostons hitting attack and slammed through Kansas City pitching immortals like Danny Duffy, Nate Adcock and Blake Wood.

Pedroia had a triple, double and single in his first three times up to the plate during the game in the first four frames, but couldnt finish off the cycle with the home run after extending his career-best 23 game hitting streak.

The Sox needed all of the sock because Miller was a puddle on the mound from the very beginning in a fairly important start with Bostons starting rotation beginning to regain some healthy hurlers. Miller was knocked around for seven runs on nine hits before getting yanked midway through the fourth inning, and actually exited trailing the ballgame. He compounded his subpar mound work with a terrible throw to first on an Alcides Escobar bunt that prolonged a second inning Royals rally.

Luckily for Miller and the Sox, Alfredo Aceves rode in to the rescue from the bullpen and earned the win for Boston after spinning 3 13 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Who else but Dustin Pedroia? The Sox sparkplug went 4-for-4 in his first four trips to the plate and ended up only a home run short of hitting for the cycle for the first time in his career. Pedroia also extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games a franchise record for the Sox by a second baseman. The career numbers that Pedroia posts at the cleanup spot would indicate that perhaps he deserves a little extended time in the No. 4 hole at some point this season. Hes also back up over the .300 batting average mark for the season after his average climbed from .297 all the way to .304 with his 4-for-5 night.Honorable Mention: Alfredo Aceves -- just like Julian Tavarez before him -- gets little recognition or fanfare for the job that he does, but performs his role as a rubber-armed long man in the Sox bullpen that allows Boston to win ballgames. Aceves tossed 3 13 innings of scoreless relief after Andrew Miller couldnt make it out of the fourth frame, and improved his record with the Sox to 6-1 on the season. Hes been a marvelous pick-up for Boston this year with a 3.28 ERA in an extremely underappreciated role.The Goat: Andrew Miller and Danny Duffy sound more like music composers than Major League Baseball pitchers, so its probably appropriate that neither of them made it cleanly out of the fourth inning. Actually neither of them made it out of the fourth inning at all. While Duffy is Kansas Citys problem amid a horrendous starting rotation, Miller may be running out of turns in Bostons starting staff if he cant get things straightened out. He was continuously behind in the count, looked shaky fielding his position and served up a couple of batting practice fastballs to Alex Gordon and Billy Butler in the fateful fourth. Miller needs to be better.Turning Point: The Sox batted around in the fifth inning and plated six runs that gave them the lead for good in a run-filled game that was easy on the scoreboard, but not so kind to the ERAs of numerous pitchers. The big play was a two-base error by Mike Aviles that saw him drop a bunted ball while covering first base and then air-mail a throw to home that allowed both Josh Reddick and Yamaico Navarro to score.By the Numbers: 15 the number of years since a Red Sox player hit for the cycle when John Valentin pulled the trick on June 6, 1996 against the Chicago White Sox. Pedroia had the triple, single and double in his first three at bats, but flew out to deep left field in the eighth inning in his final chance to go for the cycle.Quote of Note: If Im Tito Im letting him hit clean-up all year and make it easy for us. David Ortiz with a piece of friendly advice for Terry Francona when asked what he thought about Dustin Pedroia in the clean-up spot during Tuesdays win.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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