Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez looking dominant again

Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez looking dominant again

And in the ninth, Hicks' throw from left field - completing a crucial double play - might have saved Aroldis Chapman from a critical blown save.

New York Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery was struck in the head with a ball during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox.

Jameson Taillon pitched into the seventh inning and Pittsburgh scored four unearned runs in the third inning of a victory over Toronto.

The loss snaps the Red Sox eight game winning streak and drops them to 65-50 on the season. Not only did Hicks hit a two-run homer that brought the Yankees to within one run in a five-run eighth inning, but he made a one-hop throw from left field to third base to double up Eduardo Nunez on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Rodriguez departed after six, handing the game over to Boston's bullpen.

"He's continued to improve all year long", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Again, we're within our division and we're chasing the Red Sox. So these are important".

Reed hit New York's Brett Gardner in the back of the foot to put him on first base to lead off the 8th inning.

Hicks returned Thursday from an oblique injury that been sidelined him since June 25, and he followed with a high drive down the right-field line that stopped the Yankees' shutout streak at 16 innings.

"It kind of got us going, made it a different game, " Girardi said. He got a slider up and "of course I was talking to the ball, " Hicks said with a laugh, trying to get it to stay fair. But after Hicks hit his home run, Gary Sanchez stroked a single to left and Aaron Judge drew a walk.


Four pitches later, Frazier blooped Kelly's 100 miles per hour fastball in front of left fielder Andrew Beintendi as Judge scored. Torreyes added a sacrifice fly.

The schedule makers had gone a little batty in 2017, squeezing six Yankees-Red Sox games into a 10-day, mid-August period.

The Boston Red Sox have been playing well as the team tries to extend their lead in the American League East. Rodriguez left the game with a 3-0 lead thanks to homers by Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benitendi.

The sizzling Red Sox arrived in town with a chance to bury the overhauled Yankees in the AL East.

Adam Warren (3-2) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Chapman walked the bases loaded with no out.

Atlanta Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz did not even make it out of the third against the St Louis Cardinals, giving up seven hits and six earned runs while walking four in 2 2/3 innings.

Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run seventh as the White Sox send the Royals to their fifth straight loss, 6-3. Rodriguez had seven Ks.

Montgomery, 24, is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts, was optioned to SWB (Triple-A) last Sunday when the Yankees went from a temporary six-man rotation to five.

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