Red Sox lose lead, fall to Orioles, 5-3

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Red Sox lose lead, fall to Orioles, 5-3

BALTIMORE Things looked so good for the Red Sox.
But just like this entire season, the rug was ripped out from under them. They had a two-run lead and Aaron Cook tossing a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, and then things fell apart for a baseball team tearing apart at the seams as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
It got even worse in the top of the eighth when Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Mike Everitt after complaining about being quick-pitched. In the height of irony Bobby Valentine was similarly tossed for defending the first baseman that was reportedly conspiring to get him fired last month.
The loss dropped the Sox to four games under .500 for the first time since May as things continue to worsen rather than improve.
The Sox busted open a scoreless tie between Cook and Miguel Gonzalez in the top of the fifth when Jacoby Ellsbury smoked an RBI ground-rule double to left field and Carl Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.The sac fly scored Nick Punto, gave the Sox a 2-0 lead and all looked good at that point.
Then it all came crashing down in the sixth. Os shortstop J.J. Hardy laced a single to left field after Nick Markakis had drawn a one-out walk, and ended Cooks no-hitter hopes. Nate McLouth rapped a hard single to center field that scored Markakis, and the wheels really came off the Cook wagon after an Adam Jones comebacker to the mound.
Cook had a double play ball and instead the Sox veteran fired wide left of the second base bag in a play that Scott Norwood would have nodded approvingly about. Hardy scored to tie up the game, and a Matt Wieters ground-rule double handed the Orioles a lead they wouldnt relinquish through the rest of the game.
Junichi Tazawa entered the game and it looked like the Sox might escape further damage when Jarrod Saltalamacchia held onto the ball during a hellacious collision with Adam Jones for the second out. Instead Mark Reynolds smoked a liner to left that Crawford appeared to have a play on, but the left fielder never picked up his glove hand to snare the ball.
Instead it went over his head to the base of the wall, two runs scored and Crawford had another shaky game patrolling the outfield at Camden Yards.The Sox scratched for one more in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring grounder from Crawford, but that was a wrap for Bobby Valentine and the Sox.

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.