Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2

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Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The victory was Boston's fourth walk-off win of the season and first in almost two months, dating back to June 4.

It was the first walk-off RBI in Ellsbury's career.

After one out in the ninth, Jason Varitek singled sharply to center and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Josh Reddick followed with a bloop single to right, sending Saltalamacchia into scoring position.

Kevin Youkilis had pulled the Red Sox even in the bottom of the sixth when he blasted his 16th homer of the season into the Monster Seats.

Earlier, the Sox loaded the bases in the second and scored a run on a strikeout by Jason Varitek, thanks to a wild pitch.

Starter Josh Beckett allowed just two runs -- both on solo homers -- in six innings of work. He left after throwing just 85 pitches, probably because he had had to warm up twice due to start time delayed twice by rain.

He struck out seven and gave up six hits while being stuck with his eighth no-decision in 21 starts this season, a reflection of the poor run support his teammates have often provided him.

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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.