Red Sox beaten in the rain by Padres, 5-1

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Red Sox beaten in the rain by Padres, 5-1

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- The weather was miserable. John Lackey wasn't much better.

In a game delayed at the start and three more times once it began, Lackey handed the San Diego Padres a 4-0 lead after four innings and the Padres held on to beat the Red Sox 5-1 in a game called after 8 12 innings at water-logged Fenway Park.

Lackey allowed a leadoff homer to Will Venable, the first batter of the afternoon. In a four-run fourth that he wouldn't finish, he allowed runs on a bases-loaded walk, a bases-loaded hit batsman and a wild pitch before yielding one in a more convention fashion -- a run-scoring single to right by Chase Headley.

The loss dropped Lackey to 5-6 and saw his ERA soar to 7.36 for the season. In 11 starts in 2011, Lackey has given up five or more runs in almost half (five) of his outings.

Three Red Sox relievers -- Michael Bowden, Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler -- combined to give the Red Sox 5 23 innings of shutout relief, but the damage had been done.

The Red Sox' 2-3-4 hitters -- Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz -- combined for 8 of the team's 10 hits, but the Sox stranded nine runners and were a woeful 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. In dropping the second game in a row to the lowly Padres, the Sox stranded 20 baserunners and were 5-for-20 with RISP.

The lone Boston run came in the fifth when Gonzalez (four hits) singled home Jacoby Ellsbury from second base.

After dropping the series to the Padres, the Red Sox finished the home portion of their interleague scheduled with a 5-4 record, a year after going 8-1 against NL teams at Fenway.

STAR OF THE GAME: Clayton Richard
Richard entered the game with a 2-9 record, but you wouldn't have known that watching him beat the Red Sox.

He did a better job with the elements and delays that his opposing starter, limiting the Sox' lineup to a single run over five innings, minimizing the damage done against him.

HONORABLE MENTION: Will Venable
Venable got the Padres off to a quick 1-0 lead when he hammered a leadoff homer in the top of the first.

He later worked a bases-loaded walk and ended the game with two runs scored and two RBI.

GOAT OF THE GAME: John Lackey
For the fifth time in 11 starts, Lackey gave up five runs or more in a start.

Wednesday, he couldn't get his team out of the fourth inning, resulting in his shortest outing since April, 19, 2010.

TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, Lackey struggled with the rain and his grip and walked one hitter and hit another -- both with the bases loaded -- as the game got away from the Sox.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox stranded nine baserunners, giving them 20 stranded in the two losses to the Padres.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "You guys are going to write whatever you want.'' John Lackey, after being asked if he had trouble gripping a particular pitch in the rain.

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

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.

 

STARS:

1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.

 

First impressions: A good start for Rodriguez in 6-2 win

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First impressions: A good start for Rodriguez in 6-2 win

BALTIMORE -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles:

 

Eduardo Rodriguez's first start of the season was a good one.

Rodriguez, making his 2016 debut after a freak knee injury suffered at the beginning of spring training, tossed six innings and allowed two runs on five hits.

He flashed his trademark changeup on a number of occasions, getting a handful of swing-and-misses with it. His fastball velocity, which had been questionable in his rehab outings, was slightly improved.

He wasn't as efficient as the Red Sox would have liked, needing 89 pitches to get through six innings. But again, for his first start, there was little about which to complain.

 

Betts had a decent night at the plate.

Betts cracked three homers for five RBI, nearly single-handedly doing enough offensively to beat the Orioles.

He homered to center in the first, down the left field line in the second and, finally, to right field in the seventh to become the 27th player in Red Sox history to homer three times in one game.

Hitting at the top of the lineup, Betts is on pace to hit 36 homers and knock in more than a 120 runs. The power he generates from a relatively small frame is something to behold.

Betts is now second on the team in RBI -- again, from the top spot in the order, though that's been aided by the fact that Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit eighth or ninth for much of the season, providing Betts with plenty of RBI opportunities.

 

The Chris Young experiment in center worked well for the first night. With Jackie Bradley Jr. on paternity leave, the Sox will keep Mookie Betts in right and have Young play center.

Young was once a full-time center fielder earlier in his career, but in recent years, has been viewed by most as more of a corner outfielder, perhaps without the range to play center.

But Tuesday night, Young did a nice job chasing down a ball hit to the warning track by Adam Jones in the third, then capped it two batters later when he leaped above the wall in center and took away what was likely a two-run homer by Manny Machado.

 

Robbie Ross Jr. has been an overlooked part of the bullpen.

With improved velocity on his fastball, Ross has 24 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

Moreover, Ross has allowed just two earned runs over his last 12 games and since April 17 -- about six weeks ago -- he has an ERA of 1.23.

Thought of as a low-leverage long man early in the season, he's earned the trust of the Red Sox to be used in more high-leverage spots as the season has developed.

 

Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: E-Rod makes 2016 debut

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Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: E-Rod makes 2016 debut

Eduardo Rodriguez makes his 2016 Red Sox debut tonight, and he'll have a different center fielder as he does so.

Jackie Bradley Jr. on paternity leave and Chris Young is taking his place in center. The rest of the lineup, however, remains intact as the Sox face the Orioles in their second game of their four-game series in Baltimore.

The lineups:

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young CF
Blake Swihart LF
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez P

ORIOLES:
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Joey Rickard RF
Paul Janish 3B
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Kevin Gausman P