Red Sox fall to Orioles, 6-2

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Red Sox fall to Orioles, 6-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BALTIMORE -- Wins over the Baltimore Orioles aren't guaranteed for the Red Sox. It just seems that way sometimes.

The Orioles snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox, taking a 3-0 lead after three innings then adding three runs in the eighth off Alfredo Aceves to seal a 5-2 win over the Sox.

Kyle Weiland, facing the Orioles for the second time in his second major league start, allowed three runs over six innings and was tagged with the loss.

The only runs of the night for Boston came on a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamachia in the fifth off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. It was Saltalamacchia's second homer in as many games and eighth since May 15.

After Saltalamacchia's homer, the Sox had only once got a baserunner into scoring position.

Home runs from Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds in the eighth added on to the lead in the eighth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jeremy Guthrie

Guthrie shut down the same lineup that lit up the Baltimore staff for 15 runs the previous night, limiting the Sox to just two runs over seven innings.

It was just the fourth win of the season for Guthrie, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, his 13
losses are more a measure of the team for which he pitches and not his stuff.

HONORABLE MENTION: Mark Reynolds

Reynolds collected three hits, including a run-scoring double in the second to account for the first O's run and a solo homer in the eighth to score their final run of the night.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez

Gonzalez was 0-for-4 with a double play and two strikeouts, making him just 2-for-24 since the All-Star break.

He maintained that the post-break slump is just that and not a hangover from taking part in the Home Run Derby the night before the game.

TURNING POINT: In the fifth, the Sox seemed to be getting to Guthrie with a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, walk to Marco Scutaro and a single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

But Guthrie got Dustin Pedroia, the team's hottest hitter, to ground out to end the threat and the Sox had just two more singles the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS: Josh Reddick had a three-hit night and has a .423 (11-for-26) lifetime batting average at Camden Yards.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I did a better job of controlling the emotions and adrenaline and was a lot quicker to that comfort zone.'' Kyle Weiland on the difference between this start and his first, 10 days ago.

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.