Hanley Ramirez (back) returns to action Friday for Red Sox

by Leon Thompson August 15, 2016, 2:01

Bradley was somehow worse than Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, which has been a feat for any pitcher this season. He's batting.270 on the season with 16 home runs and 70 RBI. The right-hander has a softer date with the Padres on tap for Thursday. The offense and the bullpen also got the job done in a collective team effort win. The bottom of the Diamondbacks order picked up two hits, but it is interesting to note that while the Red Sox have two good bats (Leon has an OPS over 1.000, Holt over.700) and a top prospect in those spots.

Rodriguez was 0 for 4, but did get an RBI on a dribbler off Ziegler with the bases loaded to cap the eighth-inning rally. The New Jersey native held the New York Yankees to two runs and seven hits in eight innings to earn a win on Tuesday - the third straight start in which he completed at least eight frames. Boston is also 0-5 in Buchholz's last five starts, and 1-5 in Buchholz's last six starts during game two of a series.

The last-place Diamondbacks (48-66) trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by a whopping 17 games and are 12 games out of the NL wild-card hunt. "Most times, guys don't hit my off-speed very good, but they hit all my off-speed pitches today".

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.

Porcello shut down Arizona 1-2-3 in the third before giving up a solo home run to Michael Bourn in the fourth, the only run he allowed.

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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 gave up a single and then got one out before being pulled because of his pitch count. Dustin Pedroia sits on 133 hits with 74 runs and 50 RBI of his own. RHP Rubby De La Rosa, out since May 25 with an elbow injury, suffered a setback with forearm tightness that will require an MRI.

The flight to Cleveland will likely be a happy one with the Red Sox reminiscing about its 19 hits.

This marked another dip in the up-and-down ride of late for Bradley, as he only gave up one run on July 27, followed by a 12-hit and seven-run night by the Washington Nationals on August 1, and then a decent response in a Diamondbacks' win on August 7 when he gave up three runs. RHP Steven Wright (jammed right shoulder) threw at 90 feet and manager John Farrell said he's made "substantial improvement" over the last 24 hours.

Corbin is 0-5 with a 7.09 ERA in his past eight starts, and he hasn't won since June 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Porcello is now 12-0 in 13 starts at Fenway Park.

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