MLB Game Summary - Arizona at Boston|
(Friday, August 2nd)
Final Score: Arizona 7, Boston 6
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross finished 4-for-5 with a pair of
doubles, a game-winning home run, three RBI and two runs scored, helping
Arizona take a 7-6 decision over Boston in the opener of a three-game
interleague set from Fenway Park.
Paul Goldschmidt clubbed a two-run shot, while Martin Prado added two doubles,
scored twice and drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who have won two of
Randall Delgado (4-3) labored through six innings, allowing six hits and six
runs -- four earned -- but fanned seven and walked just one for the victory.
Stephen Drew homered to fuel a three-RBI performance, and David Ortiz hit a
two-run shot for the Red Sox, who failed to maintain momentum after sweeping
Seattle in the series prior.
The BoSox maintained their one-game lead in the AL East, as the Rays dropped
their interleague series opener, 4-1, to San Francisco.
Pedro Beato (1-1) served up Ross' deciding blast. Starter Jon Lester lasted
only 4 1/3 frames, tagged for 11 hits and six runs with six strikeouts.
"We started to put it together," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Things
started to build, a little momentum, similar to the feeling that we've had the
last couple of nights. But, unfortunately, it didn't happen here tonight."
Ross kicked off the seventh by greeting Beato with a shot that barely cleared
the Green Monster to give Arizona a 7-6 advantage, then Boston stranded a
runner on third in the home portion. Joe Thatcher, making his first appearance
in an Arizona uniform after being traded from San Diego, retired Ortiz on a
"Obviously, I want to come in here and perform and play well. Anytime you play
against one of your old teams, you want to do that," Ross said, "But I have no
hard feelings toward anybody in this organization."
Drew singled to begin the ninth and Jacoby Ellsbury pushed a ball through the
right side with one out. However, Shane Victorino flied to left and Dustin
Pedroia bounced out to end the game and earn Brad Ziegler his sixth save.
Lester ran into trouble early, as Aaron Hill's one-out single in the first was
followed by a two-run blast from Goldschmidt.
Ellsbury began the home half with a triple, then Ortiz evened the game with a
two-run homer to dead center. Boston extended its lead to 4-2 in the following
frame on a pair of sacrifice flies from Drew and Brock Holt.
Ross singled home Prado in the third to draw Arizona within a run, and the
visitors moved ahead in the fifth.
Hill led off with a two-bagger, Prado doubled him in with one down and Ross
added an RBI double for a 5-4 contest. Jason Kubel contributed a base hit to
plate Ross, and Lester was pulled for Matt Thornton. Though Wil Nieves reached
on an infield single, Didi Gregorius struck out to keep it a two-run margin.
Mike Napoli singled to start the bottom of the sixth. After Jarrod
Saltalamacchia flied out to right-center just in front of the bullpen, Drew
managed to deposit a Delgado pitch over the wall in virtually the same spot to
forge a 6-6 deadlock.
Ross hit .267 with 22 homers, 34 doubles and 81 RBI in 130 games for the Red
Sox last season, but left to test the free-agency waters after the club
informed him they wouldn't re-sign him to a long-term deal ... The clubs
hadn't met since June 15-17, 2010, when the Red Sox recorded a three-game
sweep ... Friday's victory snapped Arizona's five-game losing streak to Boston
dating back to June 23, 2008 ... The Sox still lead the all-time series 7-6
... Lester's outing was his shortest of the season, one-third of an inning
shorter than a 4 2/3 inning performance in an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on June
08/03 02:37:51 ET