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Thursday, 08 May 2014 02:20

Middlebrooks bases loaded RBI sends Red Sox to 4-3 win

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Well this time the Boston Red Sox were not going to be stopped for the ninth time from reaching the .500 mark on the season as a Will Middlebrooks bases loaded single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox the 4-3 edge and eventual win. 

The first inning was fairly quite for both teams. The Red Sox did have a chance to score as they had a man on first and third with one out for Mike Napoli but Napoli was unable to get the run in as he grounded into a double play.

Both teams went in order in the second but the third was a different story for the Cincinnati Reds as a Chris Heisey double off of Jake Peavy, who went six innings, allowing four hits and four walks and surrendered three runs in the no decision, led to a Skip Schumaker homerun to right to give the Reds the 2-0 lead.

Mike Leake was able to give the Reds seven solid innings but did allow eight hits which only led to two runs. Leake was able to retire 9-of-11 Red Sox batters he faced in innings three-five but got into some trouble in the sixth after a Jonathan Hererra leadoff single led to a Shane Victorino single to left to which was able to advance Herrera to third. An Ortiz single next allowed Hererra to cross the plate and cut the Reds lead to 2-1. Mike Napoli was able to place a double down the right field line which plated Victorino tying up the game at two. With runners on second and third and one out Boston was unable to push any more runs across in the remainder of the inning.

The Reds didn't mess around too long as a Roger Bernadina groundout to second was able to plate Todd Frazier, who was on base after a leadoff double.

It wasn't until the eighth inning were the Red Sox were able to come back and strike after falling behind.

The eighth began with Manny Parra coming onto relieve Leake. Parra was able to get the first batter of the inning, Ortiz, on three strikes. But things spiraled out of hands after that as he walked Napoli and that was the end of his night. J.J. Hoover came on after seeing the Red Sox were pinch hitting Jonny Gomes for Grady Sizemore. Hoover ended up walking Gomes and allowing a ground rule double to AJ Pierzynski which notched the game up at three. Jackie Bradley Jr. was intentionally walked, putting the double play in order as the bases were loaded with only one out. Will Middlebrooks made the Reds pay as he ripped a single up the middle plating Gomes to push the Red Sox out on top 4-3 going into the ninth.

And the beat rolled on as Koji was able to strikeout the side in the ninth for his eighth save of the season as the two teams put an end to their two-game set.

Craig Breslow(2-0) picked up the win as he tossed a scoreless eighth inning while walking one batter.

Dustin Pedroia really struggled at the plate going 1-5 and had a real tough time picking up Mike Leake's cut fastball as he K'd four times.

The Red Sox will have a night off tomorrow before going to Texas to open up a three game set against the Rangers. Game one is scheduled to be Clay Buchholz(2-2, 5.63) vs. Yu Darvish(2-1, 2.87).