Eduardo Rodriguez strikes out five in win over Cardinals

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in St. Louis.

Wacky start to an abbreviated, two game series with the Boston Red Sox, Lance Lynn hurled six innings for the fourth time in five starts en route to a 6-3 loss. If not for a shoulder injury that derailed him for the entire 2008-09 season and much of 2009-10, Mazzulla might have had a much more storied career at West Virginia.

"I mean, I got out of that inning and Porz [Rick Porcello} and Sale come to me, and Sale just tells me, 'Hey man.' That was the key to get back in the game".

Two more hits and a sacrifice fly later and Rodriguez had given the lead right back to the Cardinals via a three-run inning.

BRAVES 9, BLUE JAYS 5 Dansby Swanson hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman also had a two-run shot and Atlanta beat host Toronto, sweeping their two-game series. "Mookie jumping right out of the gate is a big plus for us". How would that player handle that adversity?' He's doing a very good job. "All you can do is try to put it behind you and make sure you're ready to play tomorrow". "We were able to put ourselves into position, capitalize on some of their miscues, and then when you're turning it over to (Craig) Kimbrel the way he's going right now it's a pretty good position to be in". All three Cardinals runs scored in the third, two coming on sacrifice flies.

Boston's All-Star closer stumbled through an uneven 2016 season, posting the highest ERA of his career (3.40) and his worst K-BB ratio (2.7-to-1) since becoming a full-time closer in 2011. The Cardinals got a run-scoring hit from Fowler, who also came up with a nice running catch before running into the wall.

"I thought he turned in another quality performance here tonight", Farrell said. If the city's basketball team ends it's season, all eyes will turn to the underachieving mess that now resides at Fenway Park and they will get buried by criticism. "I didn't pick them up and it cost us the game".

The Red Sox scored twice in the fifth after a leadoff walk and an error. The tying run scored on a Betts' groundout and the go-ahead run scored on a base hit up the middle from Dustin Pedroia.

Albert Pujols drove in three runs for the Angels on Tuesday night and passed Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time RBI list in the process.

"Part of it is he comes in and makes a ideal pickoff and we have the guy out by two steps and he pulls a Houdini act to get in safe at second base", manager Mike Matheny said of Xander Bogaerts' slide. Cecil's struggles continued as he walked the only two batters he faced.

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Pham can't handle a flyball off the bat of Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley.

"Great base-running, obviously, making that tag play with the shortstop going back, " Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Pitching on six days' rest, Sabathia (3-2) went 6 2/3 shutout innings to win for the first time since April 15. "I would say this is like what we saw early on and at times previous year; we don't make plays and it ends up biting us pretty hard".

It's worth noting that those 2013 Cardinals also had pitcher Joe Kelly, who is now in the Red Sox bullpen, and first baseman Allen Craig, who has spent much of the last four years in the minor leagues.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell said right-hander Hector Velazquez will be called up from Class AAA to start Thursday at Oakland.

As evident with Tuesday night's game, a player like Sale is important for young players like Rodriguez. LHP Tyler Lyons is set to make one more rehab start Saturday for Springfield before rejoining the Cardinals.

  • Julie Sanders