Sox use their bats to beat O's in Game 2, 18-9

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Sox use their bats to beat O's in Game 2, 18-9

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

Having apparently decided that they can't outpitch teams and win, the Red Sox chose another strategy in the second game of their day-night doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles: Outslug them.

The Sox pounded out 20 hits and three different hitters collected four RBI each as Boston snapped its three-game losing streak and clubbed the Orioles, 18-9.

The win dropped the Sox' magic number to clinch the American League wild card spot to eight with eight games remaining.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, the Red Sox scored four times in the bottom of the inning and tacked on two more in the second.

They led 11-5 after three but when starter John Lackey allowed another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, he was pulled two outs shy of qualifying for the win.

Lackey's shelling -- eight earned runs in 4 13 innings -- sent his ERA upward to 6.49 while driving the Red Sox' starters' ERA in September to 6.87.

Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit except Jason Varitek with four players collecting three hits each and three others chipping in with two hits apiece.

In the seven-run seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury smacked the first inside-the-park home run for the Sox since 2007 and Conor Jackson followed later that same inning with a grand slam.

Jackson, Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie all collected four RBI.

Four Red Sox relievers combined to limit the O's to one run over the final 4 23 innings, with Scott Atchison getting credit for the win.

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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.