Betts, Bradley go deep to lift Red Sox over Cardinals 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mookie Betts hasn't felt great about his performances lately, even if the results for the Boston Red Sox right fielder look just fine.

Betts homered and drove in two runs to back six quality innings by Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game interleague series.

''I feel OK,'' Betts said. ''I had a good first at-bat and then not really another good one after that. So I'm just trying to put it all together.''

Betts went 1 for 5 and is batting .371 (13 for 35) with five homers and five doubles over his last eight games. He won AL player of the week Monday, but still says he is searching for better rhythm.

''I just feel like I'm not really consistent yet,'' Betts said. ''I have a good game and then a couple bad ones. That's part of the game. It's going to take a while.''

Jackie Bradley Jr. had two of Boston's six hits, including a home run, and Rodriguez (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits. Rodriguez walked two, struck out five and threw a season-high 110 pitches.

''Overall he was solid,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''We played a strong game, I think, in every phase here tonight. Particularly some very good defensive plays.''

St. Louis made three errors and lost for just the second time in 10 games. Lance Lynn (4-2) gave up four runs, two earned, and three hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one.

''I gave up two early with the homers and the team fought back and gave me a lead and I gave it away,'' Lynn said. ''They gave me a chance to win and I didn't get it done.''

Betts began the game with his seventh homer and 10th career leadoff shot, tying Jacoby Ellsbury for the franchise record. Bradley added a solo homer in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

In the third inning, St. Louis' Dexter Fowler smacked an RBI double off the left field wall, and Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter followed with sacrifice flies.

The Red Sox scored twice in the fifth after a leadoff walk and an error. Bradley scored on an RBI groundout by Betts. Deven Marrero, who reached on an error by Jedd Gyorko, scored on Dustin Pedroia's single to center to make it 4-3.

Boston scored twice in the eighth, on Christian Vazquez's sac fly and then a dropped fly ball by Pham that was the third Cardinals error.

VELAZQUEZ TO START THURSDAY

Farrell said right-hander Hector Velazquez will be called up from Triple-A to start Thursday at Oakland. Velazquez, whose contract was purchased from the Mexican League in February, is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in five starts at Pawtucket.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz, who left his start Sunday because of tightness in his left triceps, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. ... INF Pablo Sandoval (knee sprain) could begin a rehab assignment Friday. ... LHP David Price (left elbow strain) will make a rehab start for Pawtucket on Friday.

Cardinals: General manager John Mozeliak said INF Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory) could be activated Friday and RF Stephen Piscotty (right hamstring) sometime over the weekend. ... LHP Tyler Lyons (right intercostal strain) is expected to make one more rehab start. ... RHP John Gant (groin) has been activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-5, 4.01) is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three road starts this season.

Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 1.94) is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in which he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2017 by Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
BOS20-18
110020020660
STL21-16
003000000363
  • W: E. Rodriguez (2-1)L: L. Lynn (4-2)S: C. Kimbrel (12)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (3), M. Betts (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51121002.293.369.536.9057.0
D. Pedroia 2B40110000.277.356.377.7332.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100011.336.392.427.8193.5
A. Benintendi LF21000100.290.367.441.8092.0
M. Moreland 1B30000112.248.359.406.7650.5
C. Vazquez C30010021.345.381.466.8460.0
J. Bradley CF32211101.200.261.350.6119.0
D. Marrero 3B31100001.211.250.316.5662.0
E. Rodriguez P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
a- C. Young PH10000001.247.333.388.7220.0
R. Scott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Hembree P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Ramirez PH10000001.255.339.418.7570.0
C. Kimbrel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Hembree in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF41110001.228.326.421.7474.0
T. Pham LF30010011.342.422.6841.1060.5
M. Carpenter 1B30110010.254.405.518.9231.5
J. Gyorko 3B40100000.330.385.607.9921.0
Y. Molina C40100011.269.321.395.7160.5
A. Diaz SS30100111.264.286.405.6911.5
R. Grichuk RF30000112.241.301.414.7150.5
K. Wong 2B41100001.259.351.405.7562.0
L. Lynn P11000011.067.125.067.1921.5
J. Broxton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00000100.255.377.314.6911.0
S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Socolovich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Adams PH10000010.298.346.404.750-0.5
  • a-walked for Broxton in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Socolovich in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Betts (7), J. Bradley (3)
  • SF - C. Vazquez
  • SH - D. Marrero
  • RBI - M. Betts 2 (27), D. Pedroia (15), C. Vazquez (5), J. Bradley (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (4)
  • SF - T. Pham, M. Carpenter (3)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (13), T. Pham (9), M. Carpenter (25)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts (6)
  • CS - A. Benintendi
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Pham
  • E - J. Gyorko (2), T. Pham, K. Wong (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez (W, 2-1)6.05332503.051.1720.5
R. Scott (H, 6)0.20001000.901.50-1.0
H. Hembree (H, 9)1.11000104.050.752.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.00000101.020.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez (W, 2-1)6.0
R. Scott (H, 6)0.2
H. Hembree (H, 9)1.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn (L, 4-2)6.03421422.780.6712.0
J. Broxton1.01000005.251.002.0
S. Tuivailala0.11110002.453.00-2.0
B. Cecil0.00102005.790.00-2.0
M. Socolovich1.21000006.060.602.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn (L, 4-2)6.0
J. Broxton1.0
S. Tuivailala0.1
B. Cecil0.0
M. Socolovich1.2
PITCHING
  • HBP - E. Rodriguez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 110-74, R. Scott 19-9, H. Hembree 20-13, C. Kimbrel 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-9, R. Scott 1-1, H. Hembree 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, R. Scott 3, H. Hembree 5, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Lynn (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 100-59, J. Broxton 14-11, S. Tuivailala 8-6, B. Cecil 9-1, M. Socolovich 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 10-5, J. Broxton 2-1, M. Socolovich 1-3
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, J. Broxton 4, S. Tuivailala 2, B. Cecil 2, M. Socolovich 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
BOS20-18
110020020660
STL21-16
003000000363
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51121002.293.369.536.9057.0
D. Pedroia 2B40110000.277.356.377.7332.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100011.336.392.427.8193.5
A. Benintendi LF21000100.290.367.441.8092.0
M. Moreland 1B30000112.248.359.406.7650.5
C. Vazquez C30010021.345.381.466.8460.0
J. Bradley CF32211101.200.261.350.6119.0
D. Marrero 3B31100001.211.250.316.5662.0
E. Rodriguez P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
a- C. Young PH10000001.247.333.388.7220.0
R. Scott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Hembree P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Ramirez PH10000001.255.339.418.7570.0
C. Kimbrel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Total3166523412-----
  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Hembree in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF41110001.228.326.421.7474.0
T. Pham LF30010011.342.422.6841.1060.5
M. Carpenter 1B30110010.254.405.518.9231.5
J. Gyorko 3B40100000.330.385.607.9921.0
Y. Molina C40100011.269.321.395.7160.5
A. Diaz SS30100111.264.286.405.6911.5
R. Grichuk RF30000112.241.301.414.7150.5
K. Wong 2B41100001.259.351.405.7562.0
L. Lynn P11000011.067.125.067.1921.5
J. Broxton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00000100.255.377.314.6911.0
S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Socolovich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Adams PH10000010.298.346.404.750-0.5
Total303630378-----
  • a-walked for Broxton in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Socolovich in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Betts (7), J. Bradley (3)
  • SF - C. Vazquez
  • SH - D. Marrero
  • RBI - M. Betts 2 (27), D. Pedroia (15), C. Vazquez (5), J. Bradley (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (4)
  • SF - T. Pham, M. Carpenter (3)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (13), T. Pham (9), M. Carpenter (25)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts (6)
  • CS - A. Benintendi
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Pham
  • E - J. Gyorko (2), T. Pham, K. Wong (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez (W, 2-1)6.05332503.051.1720.5
R. Scott (H, 6)0.20001000.901.50-1.0
H. Hembree (H, 9)1.11000104.050.752.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.00000101.020.0010.5
Total9.2633470---
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez (W, 2-1)6.0
R. Scott (H, 6)0.2
H. Hembree (H, 9)1.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.0
Total9.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn (L, 4-2)6.03421422.780.6712.0
J. Broxton1.01000005.251.002.0
S. Tuivailala0.11110002.453.00-2.0
B. Cecil0.00102005.790.00-2.0
M. Socolovich1.21000006.060.602.0
Total9.0663342---
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn (L, 4-2)6.0
J. Broxton1.0
S. Tuivailala0.1
B. Cecil0.0
M. Socolovich1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - E. Rodriguez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 110-74, R. Scott 19-9, H. Hembree 20-13, C. Kimbrel 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-9, R. Scott 1-1, H. Hembree 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, R. Scott 3, H. Hembree 5, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Lynn (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 100-59, J. Broxton 14-11, S. Tuivailala 8-6, B. Cecil 9-1, M. Socolovich 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 10-5, J. Broxton 2-1, M. Socolovich 1-3
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, J. Broxton 4, S. Tuivailala 2, B. Cecil 2, M. Socolovich 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Bradley safe at first on center fielder Pham fielding error, Benintendi scored, Moreland out at home63
    Vazquez hit sacrifice fly to center, Bogaerts scored, Benintendi to third53
  • 5TH INNING
    Pedroia singled to center, Marrero scored43
    Betts grounded out to shortstop, Bradley scored, Marrero to third33
  • 3RD INNING
    Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to shortstop, Fowler scored23
    Pham hit sacrifice fly to center, Lynn scored, Fowler to third22
    Fowler doubled to deep left, Wong scored, Lynn to third21
  • 2ND INNING
    Bradley homered to left center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Betts homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Socolovich Pitching:
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Foul, Marrero singled to left
    • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded into double play second to third to first, Marrero out at second
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to right
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wong flied out to left
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Tuivailala Pitching:
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia lined out to right
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to shallow right
    • A. Benintendi: Bogaerts stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Bogaerts to third, Benintendi to second
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez hit sacrifice fly to center, Bogaerts scored, Benintendi to third
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley safe at first on center fielder Pham fielding error, Benintendi scored, Moreland out at home
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • H. Hembree Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gyorko flied out to center
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Molina singled to right center
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz popped out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Broxton Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to left
    • D. Marrero: Pickoff attempt, Marrero hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bradley to second
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Young flied out to center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Scott Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
    • G. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fowler fouled out to first
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pham reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gyorko flied out to left
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Molina grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to left
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Marrero safe at first on 3rd baseman Gyorko fielding error, Bradley to second
    • E. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to catcher, Bradley to third, Marrero to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop, Bradley scored, Marrero to third
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pedroia singled to center, Marrero scored
    • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to third, Pedroia out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler grounded out to third
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter singled to right, Carpenter out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi safe at first on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moreland flied out to deep center
    • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong flied out to center
    • L. Lynn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lynn struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia flied out to right
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Foul, Foul, Ball, Wong singled to center
    • L. Lynn: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Lynn hit by pitch, Wong to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Fowler doubled to deep left, Wong scored, Lynn to third
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham hit sacrifice fly to center, Lynn scored, Fowler to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to shortstop, Fowler scored
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko singled to right
    • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Molina lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley homered to left center
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marrero grounded out to third
    • E. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko flied out to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz walked
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts homered to center
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pedroia flied out to deep right
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi hit by pitch
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler flied out to deep center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to second
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Carpenter flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)