MLB Roundup: Homer-happy Hanley (3) powers Boston to 11-7 win over Giants
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 21, 2016 04:19 PM
Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez, center is congratulated by third base coach Brian Butterfield (55) on his third home run of the game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Boston. At right is San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Albert Suarez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez homered three times to drive in a career-high six runs and also helped the Red Sox with some nifty fielding on Wednesday in an 11-7 win over the San Francisco Giants that moved Boston into first place in the AL East.
With a chance to equal the major league record of four homers in a game, he grounded out weakly to the pitcher in his last at-bat.
Travis Shaw and Sandy Leon also homered for Boston, and Mookie Betts had three of the 15 Boston hits that made up for a poor outing from starter Drew Pomeranz. Acquired last week from San Diego for Boston's top pitching prospect, Pomeranz struggled to protect an eight-run lead and lasted just three innings in his Red Sox debut.
"Unfortunately it was an early night for him," manager John Farrell said. "He'll be back out there in five days."
Boston opened an 8-0 lead and held on to win for the eighth time in nine games and move a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, who lost 5-0 to the Yankees.
And Ramirez was the biggest reason why.
The converted first baseman made several fine fielding plays, diving to his left and his right and also starting a double play in the sixth with the bases loaded and nobody out after San Francisco had already cut Boston's 8-0 lead to 8-7.
"Everything went right today," he said.
Ramirez's first career three-homer game gave him 11 for the season.
Sixteen times players have hit four homers in a game, most recently by Josh Hamilton for Texas in 2012.
The game wrapped up a two-game series that was the NL West-leading Giants' first visit to Fenway Park since 2007 and just their second since the start of interleague play. They have never beaten the Red Sox at the century-old ballpark, with their last win at Fenway coming as the New York Giants against the Boston Braves in the 1912 World Series.
Other NL division leaders had comfortable wins, with Washington beating the L.A. Dodgers 8-1 and the Chicago Cubs beating the Mets 6-2.
Anthony Rizzo homered twice off Bartolo Colon and Kyle Hendricks pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the Cubs, who took two of three in the rematch of last year's NL Championship Series.
The Cardinals beat the Padres 4-2 and 3-2 in a doubleheader sweep at St. Louis. Jedd Gyorko homered for the fifth straight game off San Diego pitching, connecting twice and driving in all three RBIs in the second game.
Gyorko, dealt by the Padres in the offseason for outfielder Jon Jay, is 13 for 21 (.619) against his old team with six homers and 10 RBIs.
Cincinnati rallied for a 6-3 win over Atlanta in a contest between the two lowest-ranked teams in the National League, Philadelphia beat Miami 4-1 and Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 9-5.
AL Central-leading Cleveland routed the Kansas City Royals 11-4, with Tyler Naquin hitting two of the Indians' five homers and having a career-high six RBIs.
Mark Teixeira homered in his return from his latest injury, helping the Yankees beat Baltimore to move two games above .500 for the first time since April.
Michael Pineda had six strikeouts with runners in scoring position and didn't allow a run for the first time all season. New York has won the first three of the four-game series to improve to 38-36.
At Anaheim, Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers in a 7-4 win that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep.
The Mariners edged the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 11 innings at Seattle, the Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat Detroit 4-1 and Houston routed Oakland 7-0.
In interleague play, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Arizona 10-4, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Colorado Rockies 11-3.