Red Sox rally for 5-4 win over Reds, extend AL East lead

CINCINNATI (AP) Staggered by Scooter Gennett's grand slam in the first inning, the Boston Red Sox regrouped and finally put some distance between themselves and the Yankees.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer Friday night, and the Red Sox extended their AL East lead to four games with a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Boston added to its lead with the help of the Yankees' 8-1 loss at Toronto.

The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 at 89-64. The Red Sox already have clinched a playoff berth and home field advantage for the wild card game, if it would come to that. Boston has never played a wild card game, and doesn't want to settle for one now.

''The ball's in our court,'' David Price (6-3) said. ''We win, we're fine. We don't care what the Yankees do. We just go play our game.''

Their AL Cy Young Award winner is still struggling heading into playoff time, though.

Rick Porcello gave up Gennett's fourth grand slam - a Reds' season record - in the first inning. He lasted a season-low four innings, turning a 5-4 lead over to the bullpen. Porcello has lost 17 games - most in the majors - after winning 22 last year along with the Cy Young.

With the left-handed Price fresh, manager John Farrell decided Porcello was finished after 57 pitches.

''I just felt with the left-hander in David going against the heat of the order was the move to make,'' Farrell said. ''I know Rick did not want to come out of that game, and I fully respect that.''

Part of Porcello's problem has been a lack of run support. Boston has been blanked while he's on the mound in 10 of his losses. This time, the Red Sox got him off the hook, overcoming Gennett's career-high 27th homer with the help of Devers' three-run shot off Sal Romano (5-7).

The Red Sox are last in the AL with 159 homers.

Price pitched 2 2/3 innings and contributed a single, bringing the Red Sox to the front of the dugout for a celebration. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 38 chances. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 appearances.

SCOOOTER'S LORE

Gennett was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee late in spring training. He has provided some of the Reds' best moments in an 88-loss season, including a four-homer game on June 6. His homer off Porcello ended the Red Sox' streak of 26 straight scoreless innings. He and Lou Gehrig are the only players with a four-homer game and four grand slams in any season.

''That sounds crazy,'' Gennett said of his connection with Gehrig.

INTERLEAGUE

The Red Sox are 10-1 against the Reds all-time in their interleague series. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship. Overall, Boston is 14-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 5-13.

FATHER-SON

Farrell had lunch with his son Luke, a Reds reliever. Luke wears the same No. 52 as his father. The last time a manager faced his son as an opposing player was 2004, when the Giants' Felipe Alou went against his son Moises of the Cubs. Farrell didn't get into the game Friday.

''It's definitely unique,'' John Farrell said. ''Hopefully it's just a side story to a successful series for us.''

HOMECOMING

Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi had several hundred relatives and friends cheering him from the upper deck in left. Benintendi attended Madeira High School in suburban Cincinnati and regularly attended games at Great American Ball Park. His favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr.

''I just remember watching the guys play and picturing myself out there,'' Benintendi said . ''It's crazy that I'm here now.''

BARNHART'S DEAL

Reds C Tucker Barnhart agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract that covers his salary arbitration years and the first season after he would have been eligible for free agency. He receives a $1.75 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million next year, $2.5 million in 2019, $3.5 million in 2020 and $3.75 million in 2021. As part of the deal announced Friday, Cincinnati has a $7.5 million option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez is increasing his daily workouts as he recovers from a sprained knee, but isn't close to a full return. ''We have to see some marked improvement,'' Farrell said. ''First thing would be a potential pinch-hit situation. We're not going to risk anything until we get him on the base paths and get a better feel for what he's capable of doing.''

Reds: CF Billy Hamilton was back in the lineup for the first time since he broke his left thumb on Sept. 6 while bunting. He had two singles and was caught stealing when he over-slid second base.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (5-6) is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his last three starts. He's 2-2 in eight career interleague starts.

Reds: Rookie Robert Stephenson (5-5) is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his last six starts.

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  • W: D. Price (6-3)L: S. Romano (5-7)S: C. Kimbrel (34)
  • HR: BOS - R. Devers (9), CIN - S. Gennett (27)
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M. Moreland 1B21010111.244.325.428.7532.5
C. Vazquez C41110003.296.334.419.7534.0
R. Devers 3B41231010.298.353.500.8539.5
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A. Reed P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Reed in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF51200001.250.300.334.6342.0
Z. Cozart SS51300001.302.388.557.9455.0
J. Votto 1B31100211.316.452.5731.0253.5
S. Gennett 2B31141113.297.345.548.8939.5
E. Suarez 3B40000014.265.374.476.850-0.5
S. Schebler RF40100001.236.314.494.8081.0
A. Duvall LF30000011.244.294.479.7720.5
T. Barnhart C30100112.272.351.398.7491.5
J. Peraza PR0000-000.256.296.324.000-
D. McGuire P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Romano P00000000.045.087.091.1780.0
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A. Wojciechowski P0000-000.071.071.071.000-
c- J. Winker PH10000011.284.366.495.861-0.5
S. Turner C00000000.135.188.257.4440.0
  • a-struck out for Romano in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Wojciechowski in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (45), C. Vazquez (18), R. Devers (11)
  • HR - R. Devers (9)
  • SF - M. Moreland (5)
  • RBI - M. Moreland (72), C. Vazquez (32), R. Devers 3 (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Cozart (24)
  • HR - S. Gennett (27)
  • SH - S. Romano (5)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 4 (93)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (14)
  • E - A. Wojciechowski
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello4.04443314.551.392.5
D. Price (W, 6-3)2.23001403.571.2511.0
A. Reed (H, 14)1.11000102.921.062.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 34)1.01000001.360.679.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello4.0
D. Price (W, 6-3)2.2
A. Reed (H, 14)1.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 34)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 5-7)4.05554314.431.46-5.5
A. Hernandez2.00000005.821.296.0
A. Wojciechowski2.01000106.051.395.5
D. McGuire1.00000100.000.353.5
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Porcello (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 57-30, D. Price 40-26, A. Reed 14-12, C. Kimbrel 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 5-3, C. Kimbrel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 19, D. Price 12, A. Reed 5, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Romano (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 80-49, A. Hernandez 19-11, A. Wojciechowski 23-18, D. McGuire 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 4-4, A. Hernandez 4-2, A. Wojciechowski 2-3, D. McGuire 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 20, A. Hernandez 6, A. Wojciechowski 7, D. McGuire 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Pedroia 2B30000101.298.373.401.7741.0
A. Benintendi LF30000100.276.357.431.7881.0
M. Betts RF41100014.263.342.456.7982.5
M. Moreland 1B21010111.244.325.428.7532.5
C. Vazquez C41110003.296.334.419.7534.0
R. Devers 3B41231010.298.353.500.8539.5
J. Bradley CF40000010.252.329.419.748-0.5
R. Porcello P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Price P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
A. Reed P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Ramirez PH10000000.241.321.427.7480.0
C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Reed in the 9th
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B. Hamilton CF51200001.250.300.334.6342.0
Z. Cozart SS51300001.302.388.557.9455.0
J. Votto 1B31100211.316.452.5731.0253.5
S. Gennett 2B31141113.297.345.548.8939.5
E. Suarez 3B40000014.265.374.476.850-0.5
S. Schebler RF40100001.236.314.494.8081.0
A. Duvall LF30000011.244.294.479.7720.5
T. Barnhart C30100112.272.351.398.7491.5
J. Peraza PR0000-000.256.296.324.000-
D. McGuire P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Romano P00000000.045.087.091.1780.0
a- Z. Vincej PH10000011.000.300.000.300-0.5
A. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Kivlehan PH10000011.206.306.388.694-0.5
A. Wojciechowski P0000-000.071.071.071.000-
c- J. Winker PH10000011.284.366.495.861-0.5
S. Turner C00000000.135.188.257.4440.0
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  • a-struck out for Romano in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Wojciechowski in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (45), C. Vazquez (18), R. Devers (11)
  • HR - R. Devers (9)
  • SF - M. Moreland (5)
  • RBI - M. Moreland (72), C. Vazquez (32), R. Devers 3 (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Cozart (24)
  • HR - S. Gennett (27)
  • SH - S. Romano (5)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 4 (93)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (14)
  • E - A. Wojciechowski
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello4.04443314.551.392.5
D. Price (W, 6-3)2.23001403.571.2511.0
A. Reed (H, 14)1.11000102.921.062.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 34)1.01000001.360.679.0
Total9.0944481---
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello4.0
D. Price (W, 6-3)2.2
A. Reed (H, 14)1.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 34)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 5-7)4.05554314.431.46-5.5
A. Hernandez2.00000005.821.296.0
A. Wojciechowski2.01000106.051.395.5
D. McGuire1.00000100.000.353.5
Total9.0655451---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 5-7)4.0
A. Hernandez2.0
A. Wojciechowski2.0
D. McGuire1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Porcello (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 57-30, D. Price 40-26, A. Reed 14-12, C. Kimbrel 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 5-3, C. Kimbrel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 19, D. Price 12, A. Reed 5, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Romano (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 80-49, A. Hernandez 19-11, A. Wojciechowski 23-18, D. McGuire 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 4-4, A. Hernandez 4-2, A. Wojciechowski 2-3, D. McGuire 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 20, A. Hernandez 6, A. Wojciechowski 7, D. McGuire 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Devers homered to right, Moreland and Vazquez scored54
    Vazquez doubled to deep right center, Betts scored, Moreland to third24
  • 1ST INNING
    Gennett homered to right, Hamilton, Cozart and Votto scored14
    Moreland hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Stuart Turner catching
    • Deck McGuire pitching
    • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
    • Hanley Ramirez hit for Addison Reed
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Kimbrel pitching
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton flied out to center
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart singled to right center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher to second, Cozart out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Benintendi safe at first on Wojciechowski fielding error
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Reed Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Schebler flied out to center
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall popped out to third
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnhart singled to right
    • Jesse Winker hit for Asher Wojciechowski
    • Jose Peraza ran for Tucker Barnhart
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Asher Wojciechowski pitching
    • D. Price: Price singled to left
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Price out at second
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to right
    • Z. Cozart: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart singled to center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Cozart to second
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Addison Reed relieved David Price
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Hernandez Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to second
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler singled to right center
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • Patrick Kivlehan hit for Ariel Hernandez
    • P. Kivlehan: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Ariel Hernandez pitching
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • David Price relieved Rick Porcello
    • Z. Cozart: Foul, Foul, Cozart lined out to center
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to center
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett lined out to center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Foul, Strike looking, Betts doubled to deep right
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland walked
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep right center, Betts scored, Moreland to third
    • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Devers homered to right, Moreland and Vazquez scored
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
    • R. Porcello: Foul, Porcello grounded out to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
    • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall hit by pitch
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart lined out to center
    • Zach Vincej hit for Sal Romano
    • Z. Vincej: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vincej struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Duvall out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gennett walked
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers doubled to shallow left, Devers out at third
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • R. Porcello: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Porcello struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnhart walked
    • S. Romano: Ball, Foul, Romano hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Barnhart to second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to right, Barnhart to third
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Hamilton caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Cozart grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left center
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pedroia walked, Bogaerts to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Bogaerts to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Pedroia to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez popped out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton singled to right
    • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Foul, Cozart doubled to deep right center, Hamilton to third
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Gennett homered to right, Hamilton, Cozart and Votto scored
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez lined out to third
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to first
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)