Wolf stymies Red Sox offense

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Wolf stymies Red Sox offense

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - On Friday the Boston Red Sox overcame an early deficit and fought back for a six-run win over the Milwaukee Brewers. On Saturday, their comeback ended in the second inning - and the game ended in a 4-2 loss.

After Jon Lester gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart in the first inning, the Red Sox scored two runs of their own off RBI by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron to tie the game in the second. But the Brewers responded with another pair of runs in the third (George Kottaras HR, Casey McGehee RBI), but the Red Sox failed to answer.

Even though Lester (9-3, 3.70 ERA) held the Brewers scoreless for the rest of the night, the Red Sox could not retaliate against strong pitching by Randy Wolf (5-4, 3.15 ERA).

Terry Francona noted Wolfs fastball and deception, among other facets of his game. Adrian Gonzalez, who entered the game hitting 6-for-17 against Wolf in his career, noticed the Brewers pitcher had made changes in his approach that kept the Red Sox batters off balance.

We got those two runs early but Wolfy kept making pitches and we werent able to take advantage of the times we did get guys on base, said Gonzalez (0-4). He did his job today. Jonny threw a great game and unfortunately we werent able to get more runs for him.

Unlike Fridays game, in which the Red Sox scored 10 runs off 14 hits, they scored only two runs off nine on Saturday. And unlike Fridays game, when they Red Sox batters helped John Lackey out of an early two-run deficit, they were not able to do the same for Lester.

"You can sit back and say there were some positives, with the way it started it could have been a lot worse, said Lester. Just tried to minimize the damage and keep the guys in the game. Obviously with the way we've been swinging the bat lately, I thought for sure if I just kept them where they were at, we'd have a chance. But you've got to tip your hat to Randy Wolf tonight. He threw the ball better than I did. And that's the main thing - you've got to outpitch the other guy, and he did that tonight."

The loss was frustrating for the Red Sox, but after losing just two of their last 14 games, they are confident they can turn it around.

Wed been swinging the bat really well. Thats what was frustrating to go out there and get some pitches to hit just not be able to put anything together, said Saltalamachhia. But it happens. You cant really complain when you win 12 out of 14 or whatever were at right now. Just got to look forward to tomorrow.

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Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.