Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

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Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- Once again, the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were tied after six innings.

Unlike the series opener Monday night, however, this time it was the Padres who figured out a way to come up with a late-inning win.

San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded fielder's choice while the Red Sox continued a game-long pattern of wasting scoring opportunities and were left with a 5-4 defeat.

The Sox stranded 11 baserunners, including seven in scoring position in losing for only the third time in the last 16 games.

Alfredo Aceves, taking over for the sick Josh Beckett, allowed five straight walks in the second, leading to two Padres runs.

Two more scored in the third on a run-scoring single from Cameron Maybin and an RBI-double from Nick Hundley.

The Sox chipped away against starter Mat Latos with three runs in the first four innings. Kevin Youkilis doubled home a run in the first while Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Josh Reddick in the third before Reddick doubled home a run in the fourth.

But the Sox managed just one run over the final five innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: The San Diego bullpen
Three pitchers -- Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell -- combined to provide 3 13 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mat Latos.

Bell nailed down his 19th save in 20 opportunities this season and has converted 12 in a row over the last six weeks.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Hundley
Hundley was 2-for-3 with a single, double, walk and an RBI, but one of his biggest contributions came in the sixth when he gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal second, which would have given the Sox two runners in scoring position with the 2-3-4 hitters due up.

GOAT OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-5 and ended two of the first three Boston innings. He stranded three runners in his first two at-bats, forced a runner at second in the fifth, grounded out to lead off the seventh and hit into a double play in the ninth after Kevin Youkilis put the
potential tying run on base with a leadoff single.

TURNING POINT: After a one-out walk by J.D. Drew and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox had the potential tying run at second and go-ahead run at first in the seventh but couldn't produced a hit and stranded both baserunners.

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite having the best record in the American League, the Red Sox are just 9-8 in one-run games this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He lost his command. Normally, (after) a hitter or two, you reel it back in, but he just didn't find it for a while...He just lost the plate. And it hurt.''
-- Terry Francona on Alfredo Aceves walking five straight hitters in the second inning.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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