The Boston Red Sox avoided their first four-game losing streak of the season

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The Boston Red Sox avoided their first four-game losing streak of the season

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J.D. Martinez scored when Marlins shortstop JT Riddle threw away a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning Mitch Haniger Jersey , lifting Boston over Miami 8-7 on Tuesday night following a wild, back-and-forth final two innings.“It was pretty amazing that we were able to pull off a win tonight,” said Jackie Bradley Jr., who had two hits and two RBIs. “I don’t believe in ugly wins. I believe in wins. As long as we continue to win, I don’t care how ugly it is.”This one helped the Red Sox hold steady atop the AL East with a 6 1/2 game lead over the Yankees, who got a walkoff homer from Neil Walker to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4.Miami scored five runs in the eighth inning to lead 6-4, allowed three runs to Boston in the bottom of the inning, then tied the game at 7 in the top of the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel (4-1).“We didn’t pitch well of the last third of the game, but we swung the bats well and we ended up winning,” manager Alex Cora said. “We took advantage of their mistakes.”Martinez started the final rally on a one-out single and went to second on Xander Bogaerts‘ hit.Eduardo Nunez followed with a grounder to Riddle, who stepped on second but sailed his throw well past first baseman J.T. Realmuto, and Martinez came around with the winning run.“It’s a two hopper — step on the bag and throw the ball to first. As simple as that,” Riddle said. “I throw the ball 80 feet and lose the game.”Drew Steckenrider (4-3) was stuck with the loss.Nunez homered in the sixth to put Boston ahead 4-1 http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authe ... nez-jersey , a lead that held until Matt Barnes’ melted down in the eighth. Realmuto and Starlin Castro hit back-to-back home runs during the five-run inning, which also included a two-run single by Rafael Ortega.“Obviously the ending was not very good, but it was kind of the way we played all night,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Before batting around in the eighth, Miami’s only score came on Isaac Galloway’s solo homer in the third.Bradley hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth off Marlins reliever Tayron Guerrero, and Ian Kinsler then scored on Guerrero’s wild pitch to take a 7-6 lead.LITTLE RELIEFWith two starters out of the rotation because of injuries, Boston’s bullpen has been pushed lately and the wear has shown during the recent slide. After Barnes’ implosion in the eighth, Kimbrel struggled in the ninth with two walks before allowing Magneuris Sierra’s tying single.“If we’re going to be a successful team we’re going to have to turn it around and we know that,” Kimbrel said. “This is the team that we have and this is the team that we’re going to make a run with, so we’ve got to figure it out or we’re not going to win. I’ve got a pretty good feeling we’re going to figure it out.”WELCOME BACK JOSEJose Urena returned to Miami after a six-game suspension and allowed four runs and six hits and struck out two in six innings. Urena, suspended for hitting Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch on Aug. 15, didn’t figure in the decision.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: OF Garrett Cooper will have surgery Friday in Miami to repair a tendon sheath in his right wrist, Mattingly said.Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right ankle sprain) will return from the DL and start Saturday when the Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox. Cora said Rodriguez’s return will take some pressure off the starting rotation as well as the bullpen. … LHP Chris Sale (left shoulder inflammation) played catch Monday Alex Colome Jersey , which Cora described as a “good start” but didn’t offer a timetable for his return.UP NEXTRHP Trevor Richards (3-7, 4.23 ERA) starts for Miami against Boston LHP David Price (14-6, 3.50), who has won his last three starts. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:BREAK OUT THE BROOMSThe surprising Rays go for their eighth straight victory when they try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series this season. Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 at 69-61 and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games. All-Star lefty Blake Snell (15-5, 2.07 ERA) pitches against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) in the finale of the three-game set. “He really helped me with my work ethic and led by example,” said Snell, who is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Boston this year. “He’s very special.”Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the major league-leading Red Sox since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. Boston (90-41) has lost five of seven. “We’ve been good on getaway days and day games,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It would be a good day to put everything together, finish strong and turn the page in this stadium.”HOMER HAPPYKendrys Morales has homered in six consecutive games, tying Jose Cruz Jr. (2001) for the Blue Jays record, heading into their series finale against Philadelphia. Morales, with seven home runs during his streak, matched St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter for the longest run in the majors this season. The big league record of eight games in a row with a homer is shared by Dale Long http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authe ... nez-jersey , Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. The slumping Phillies have lost 17 of their past 21 meetings with Toronto, including six straight north of the border.NEW YORK BAGELSThe last time the Nationals faced Mets left-hander Steven Matz, they hammered him for seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 25-4 romp. Washington could have used some of those runs the last three games — all shutout losses. The Nationals will try to end their record skid of offensive futility at Citi Field. They haven’t scored since Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off homer Wednesday night. Not since they were the Montreal Expos and were shut out in three straight by the Florida Marlins in 2004 — all three games were played in Puerto Rico — had the franchise been held down like this. The Expos moved to Washington the next season.THEN AND NOWInducted into the Hall of Fame last month, longtime Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell will have his No. 3 retired by the Tigers in a pregame ceremony. After that, touted rookie Michael Kopech takes the mound to make his second major league start for the Chicago White Sox.TRACK RECORDIn four games since he joined the Chicago Cubs in a trade with the Nationals, Daniel Murphy is 7 for 19 (.368) with two homers and five RBIs. He’ll try to go deep in a third straight game for the Cubs, who have 17 homers in their past 10 games. Success at Wrigley Field is nothing new for Murphy, who is batting .407 in 31 career regular-season games there — all but three of them before he joined the Cubs. Chicago is hoping Murphy can recapture the form of his postseason run with the Mets in 2015, when he went 9 for 17 (.529) with four homers in a four-game NLCS sweep of the Cubs.END OF THE ROADGiants catcher Buster Posey will undergo season-ending hip surgery Monday in Colorado, ending what has been a painful and frustrating year for the six-time All-Star. The 31-year-old Posey has been playing in pain and is hitting .284 with only 41 RBIs and five home runs — his fewest since 2011, the year before he won the NL MVP award. … Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (bone spurs in both heels) will not play at all this season. Tulowitzki had surgery on both feet at the start of the regular season. The five-time All-Star hasn’t played since July 2017, when he seriously injured his right ankle in a collision at first base.

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