A misplayed flyball and homer lead to for loss for D'backs


Despite recording nine hits in the series finale, the Red Sox could only muster runs on an RBI single and an RBI double from Hanley Ramirez, and they left nine runners on base. This included home runs from Sandy Leon and Brock Holt. The right-hander has a softer date with the Padres on tap for Thursday. "It's still our job to go get guys out", Bradley said.

Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke had few answers for Boston's lineup, as the former Cy Young Award victor was roughed up for 10 hits and nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings.

Boston's second inning began with four straight hits, including Andrew Benintendi's RBI double.

The Diamondbacks are 2-5 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 1-4 in Bradley's last five games against a team with a winning record.

Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start.

But they were unable to capitalize on a huge opportunity as former D-backs' closer Brad Ziegler came in with the bases loaded and no outs, threw 10 pitches, all strikes, and struck out the next three batters.

Boston capped its scoring in the sixth off of a fielder's choice from Bradley, while Travis Shaw later crossed home off of a throwing error from Arizona's Jake Lamb.

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While Red Sox Nation may be doing the Monster Mash, watching Ramirez and designated hitter David Ortiz bash balls over and against the Green Monster in left field last night, the first half of those Mash brothers didn't fill the fans with a great deal of confidence last season, especially when he was hurt.

Buchholz held the Diamondbacks hitless until Bourn's one-out single in the fourth. They added to their lead in the fifth, with Bourn driving in Owings to make it 3-1.

Pedroia fought off a pitch from Arizona reliever Adam Loewen and drove it into center for an RBI single, while Betts smacked a trailing fastball from Loewen into the Monster Seats for a three-run blast. RHP Rubby De La Rosa, out since May 25 with an elbow injury, suffered a setback with forearm tightness that will require an MRI. But the Red Sox struggled.

Red Sox: Bradley was in the lineup after getting Saturday off to rest and nurse a sore big toe. Farrell said Wright threw again Saturday, but "he's not completely symptom free and the next step will be on Monday".

With Sunday's win, Boston secured its first three-game sweep against an opponent since July 8 - 10 against Tampa Bay. Sox 1-2. Buchholz went back out for the 5th inning and it would end up being his last.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (15-3, 3.40) hopes to continue his startling success this season in Fenway Park on Sunday. Porcello is 11-0 in 12 home starts and bids to become the first Boston pitcher to start a season 12-0 at home since Dave Ferriss was 13-0 in 1946.