Bradley's streak ends as Colorado beat Red Sox
ABS-CBN Sports on May 27, 2016 05:30 PM
Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story watches his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers as Colorado stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak in a comfortable 8-2 win over Boston on Thursday night.
The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley's major league-best streak ended with a whimper when he went 0 for 4 and was flummoxed by young Rockies starter Jon Gray after he moved up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.
"I'm very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it's a blessing," Bradley said of the streak. "I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously you want to get a hit, but the pitchers are really good in this league. It's tough getting a hit day in and day out. And it was a pretty special run for me."
Bradley's teammate Xander Bogaerts took over the mantle of the longest current streak in the majors by keeping his alive at 19 games.
Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.
Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez's homer with the other two coming the following inning.
Toronto's J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings and Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis had two-out RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-1 to win the three-game series.
CC Sabathia was the tough-luck loser for New York, allowing just two unearned runs. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since going on the disabled list May 4 with a strained right hamstring.
Happ (6-2) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 19 of his last 20 starts.
In Houston, George Springer homered twice as the Astros set a major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series in finishing a sweep with a 4-2 defeat of Baltimore.
Houston starter Lance McCullers (1-1) allowed just one hit — a home run to Mark Trumbo — and had 10 strikeouts in five innings, helping the Astros break the major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series with 52. The previous mark was 47 by Washington earlier this season.
In Washington, Bryce Harper hit a slump-busting home run and Danny Espinosa also went deep as the Nationals got seven strong innings from right-hander Joe Ross in a narrow 2-1 win over St Louis.
Washington trailed 1-0 in the sixth inning before Harper ended a 4-for-33 skid with a shot into the upper deck in right field, his 12th homer of the season.
The light-hitting Espinosa snapped the tie in the seventh with a drive to right. Batting eighth, Espinosa came in with a .199 batting average and three home runs.
In other games, Atlanta slumped to a major league-worst 2-20 at home with a 6-2 defeat to Milwaukee, Pittsburgh beat the visiting Arizona 8-3, and Miami won 9-1 at Tampa Bay.