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Huge inning leads Red Sox to blowout of Cardinals

By MIKE SHALIN
The Sports Xchange

August 16. 2017 12:28AM

Boston third baseman Rafael Devers smiles before Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon drove in two runs apiece in an eight-run fifth inning that carried the Boston Red Sox to a 10-4 inter-league victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

Ten straight Red Sox reached base in chasing Mike Leake (7-11) and propelling Boston to its 11th win in its last 13 games.

Rick Porcello, helped by a fourth-inning triple play turned on a Yadier Molina grounder, allowed three runs in the sixth inning after being staked to a 9-0 lead but worked through seven for his third straight win. The reigning Cy Young Award winner improved to 7-14 — 3-0 in August — after going more than a month without a win.

The Red Sox remained 4½ games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. The Yankees held on to beat the Mets on Tuesday, 5-4.

The Sox have won all three games against the Cardinals this season, with St. Louis making its first visit to Fenway Park since losing the sixth game of the 2013 World Series.

The Red Sox turned their triple play with relative ease. Molina hit a grounder to third baseman Rafael Devers, who took two steps to tag third, then threw to second baseman Eduardo Nunez, who relayed to first to complete the triple play. It was the first triple play for Boston since August, 2011.

Ramirez drove in three runs, Xander Bogaerts had three singles and Jackie Bradley Jr. also drove in two runs in the 15-hit Boston attack that included two more hits for rookie sensation Devers.

Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a two-run double, for the Cardinals, who lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak. They came in 1½ games behind the Chicago Cubs atop the NL Central.

In his last two starts, Leake has allowed 20 hits and 12 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.

NOTES: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia will be out longer than the minimum 10 days in his second straight stint on the disabled list because of his balky left knee. … Cardinals 3B Jedd Gyorko, who received a cortisone shot in his right knee Sunday, was able to return Tuesday after sitting out the weekend. … Several members of the Cardinals visited the inside of the Green Monster earlier Tuesday. … Boston LHP David Price (elbow) continues to throw off flat ground with no return date in sight. … The Red Sox will honor the 50th anniversary of their 1967 Impossible Dream team that lost a seven-game World Series to the Cardinals. … The Boston Globe reported domestic battery charges against Red Sox TV analyst Steve Lyons stemming from an argument with his girlfriend in January, were dismissed in California. … RHP Lance Lynn pitches for St. Louis against LH Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale tonight.


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