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

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.