Betts' 3-run homer in 9th sends Red Sox past Brewers 4-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Mookie Betts got what he wanted.

Betts' three-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was Betts' fifth homer of the season and third in his last four games, and helped Boston salvage one win in the three-game series in the Red Sox's first trip to Milwaukee since 2003.

Boston's right fielder enjoyed his time at Miller Park, as he went 7 for 11 with eight runs batted in and five runs scored.

''He's certainly impacting the baseball,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''He's come up big in so many situations. But this was probably as big of a swing as he's had all year for us.''

Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz (0-4) came on in the ninth, but managed to get only one out. Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel (2-0) got the final five outs as Boston snapped the Brewers' three-game winning streak.

Christian Vazquez led off the ninth with a walk. He was safe at second on a fielder's choice when Deven Marrero's bunt was fielded by Feliz, but his throw to second base was dropped by shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Betts followed with a deep shot to left to help Boston wrap up its six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.

''I was just trying to be ready for a fastball,'' Betts said. ''He throws 100, so that's his best pitch. I was able to get a good one and put a good swing on it.''

Boston quickly got on the board in the first inning. Betts led off with a double, took third on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Pedroia and scored when Xander Bogaerts' ground ball rolled under the glove of first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

In the bottom of the inning, Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a one-out double to Keon Broxton, but then retired the next 13 batters. In the sixth, he allowed a lead-off single to Manny Pina, who scored on a two-out double to left by Jonathan Villar.

Rodriguez, who struck out five and allowed three hits in six innings, has given up five earned runs in his last 29 1/3 innings.

His counterpart, Jimmy Nelson, struck out eight, allowed four hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings.

''Both starters were excellent,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''It felt like it was a game where runs were going to be pretty tough to come by.''

OUCH!

Boston's Mitch Moreland hit a foul ball that knocked the face mask straight over the head of catcher Pina and sent him on his backside. A few innings later, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez's mask was jarred off on a ball hit by Villar.

NEW DAY JOB

Milwaukee's manager of media relations, Ken Spindler, was one of the ball boys. His one blemish came when he misplayed a throw from left fielder Andrew Benintendi as they warmed up between innings and had to chase after the ball along the foul line.

KENDRICK REPLACED

Before the game, Boston recalled LHP Robbie Ross Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket after the team optioned RHP Kyle Kendrick there Wednesday night. Kendrick (0-2) was shelled for six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, giving him an earned run average of 12.96 this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez, who left the game Wednesday with a muscle spasm in his upper back, received treatment in the morning and did not play.

Brewers: Ryan Braun also sat out and is unlikely to play Friday because of a left calf strain.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-4) faces Tampa Bay again after allowing eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Rays on April 14.

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (1-0) makes his fourth start of the year as the New York Mets visit.

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Mookie Betts' three-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was Betts' fifth homer of the season and third in his last four games, and helped Boston salvage one win in the three-game series in the Red Sox's first trip to Milwaukee since 2003.

Boston's right fielder enjoyed his time at Miller Park, as he went 7 for 11 with eight runs batted in and five runs scored.

Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz (0-4) came on in the ninth, but managed to get only one out. Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel (2-0) got the final five outs as Boston snapped the Brewers' three-game winning streak.

Christian Vazquez led off the ninth with a walk. He was safe at second on a fielder's choice when Deven Marrero's bunt was fielded by Feliz, but his throw to second base was dropped by shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Betts followed with a deep shot to left to help Boston wrap up its six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.

It was 1-1 in the eighth when Boston had runners on second and third with no outs, and then the bases loaded with one out. But Corey Knebel struck out Jackie Bradley Jr., and Josh Rutledge to end the threat.

Boston quickly got on the board in the first inning. Betts led off with a double, took third on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Pedroia and scored when Xander Bogaerts' ground ball rolled under the glove of first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

In the bottom of the inning, Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a one-out double to Keon Broxton, but then retired the next 13 batters. In the sixth, he allowed a lead-off single to Manny Pina, who scored on a two-out double to left by Jonathan Villar.

Rodriguez, who struck out five and allowed three hits in six innings, has given up five earned runs in his last 29 1/3 innings.

His counterpart, Jimmy Nelson, struck out eight, allowed four hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez received treatment in the morning for a muscle spasm in his right upper back that forced him to leave the game Wednesday. He did not play.

Brewers: Ryan Braun also sat out, but it was a scheduled off day and was not a result of him exiting the game Wednesday with left calf tightness.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-4) faces Tampa Bay again after allowing eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Rays on April 14.

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (1-0) makes his fourth start of the year as the New York Mets visit.

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  • W: C. Kimbrel (2-0)L: N. Feliz (0-4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (5)
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  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th
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  • a-struck out for Knebel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (12), D. Pedroia (6)
  • HR - M. Betts (5)
  • SH - D. Pedroia
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar (5), K. Broxton (8), T. Shaw (10)
  • SH - J. Nelson (2)
  • RBI - J. Villar (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Broxton (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Perez (2)
  • E - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.03110502.800.5019.5
J. Kelly1.01000102.001.002.5
M. Barnes0.10001004.403.00-1.0
C. Kimbrel (W, 2-0)1.21000501.150.6011.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
J. Kelly1.0
M. Barnes0.1
C. Kimbrel (W, 2-0)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson6.24104803.991.2017.0
C. Knebel1.12001301.002.251.5
N. Feliz (L, 0-4)0.12321016.199.00-10.0
C. Torres0.20000003.660.000.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson6.2
C. Knebel1.1
N. Feliz (L, 0-4)0.1
C. Torres0.2
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kimbrel
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 87-59, J. Kelly 19-14, M. Barnes 12-7, C. Kimbrel 20-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 8-4, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 2, C. Kimbrel 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 106-72, C. Knebel 41-23, N. Feliz 15-8, C. Torres 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 8-3, N. Feliz 1-0, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 27, C. Knebel 7, N. Feliz 4, C. Torres 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Benintendi LF50000004.316.380.481.8610.0
M. Moreland 1B30000122.270.369.443.8110.0
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  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th
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J. Villar 2B40210010.207.270.329.5983.5
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  • a-struck out for Knebel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (12), D. Pedroia (6)
  • HR - M. Betts (5)
  • SH - D. Pedroia
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar (5), K. Broxton (8), T. Shaw (10)
  • SH - J. Nelson (2)
  • RBI - J. Villar (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Broxton (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Perez (2)
  • E - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.03110502.800.5019.5
J. Kelly1.01000102.001.002.5
M. Barnes0.10001004.403.00-1.0
C. Kimbrel (W, 2-0)1.21000501.150.6011.5
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PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
J. Kelly1.0
M. Barnes0.1
C. Kimbrel (W, 2-0)1.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson6.24104803.991.2017.0
C. Knebel1.12001301.002.251.5
N. Feliz (L, 0-4)0.12321016.199.00-10.0
C. Torres0.20000003.660.000.0
Total9.08426111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson6.2
C. Knebel1.1
N. Feliz (L, 0-4)0.1
C. Torres0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kimbrel
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 87-59, J. Kelly 19-14, M. Barnes 12-7, C. Kimbrel 20-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 8-4, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 2, C. Kimbrel 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 106-72, C. Knebel 41-23, N. Feliz 15-8, C. Torres 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 8-3, N. Feliz 1-0, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 27, C. Knebel 7, N. Feliz 4, C. Torres 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Betts homered to left, Vazquez and Marrero scored41
  • 6TH INNING
    Villar doubled to left, Pina scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Bogaerts safe at first on 1st baseman Aguilar fielding error, Betts scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • N. Feliz Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez walked
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Marrero reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Vazquez to second on shortstop Arcia fielding error
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts homered to left, Vazquez and Marrero scored
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia singled to left center, Pedroia out at second
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to first
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi fouled out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Knebel Pitching:
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia doubled to deep right center
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left, Pedroia to third
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi popped out to second
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • J. Rutledge: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rutledge struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Barnes Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pina grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia walked
    • E. Thames: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Villar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Arcia to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arcia to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Rutledge singled to center
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez lined out to first
    • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Kelly Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez lined out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Shaw doubled to deep left
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Strike swinging, Ball, Pina singled to left
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Ball, Arcia popped out to shortstop
    • J. Nelson: Nelson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Pina to second
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Villar doubled to left, Pina scored
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Broxton grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pedroia grounded into double play third to second to first, Betts out at second
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw flied out to right
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rutledge walked
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Vazquez struck out on foul tip
    • E. Rodriguez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Villar grounded out to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Benintendi lined out to left
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moreland grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bogaerts out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pina grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia flied out to center
    • J. Nelson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nelson grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
    • J. Rutledge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rutledge walked
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to shallow left center, Rutledge to second
    • E. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Rutledge to third, Vazquez to second
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Shaw grounded out to second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to left center
    • D. Pedroia: Pedroia hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Betts to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts safe at first on 1st baseman Aguilar fielding error, Betts scored
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi flied out to left
    • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • K. Broxton: Broxton doubled to left center
    • H. Perez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Broxton caught stealing, catcher to third, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)