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. During that time, he has thrown 7.2 innings, allowed two hits, no runs and fanned 16 batters, which means he is now averaging 17.8 (!) strikeouts per nine innings and owns an otherworldly 16.5-to-1 K-BB ratio for the year.
Perhaps, having an ace and leader is what Eduardo Rodriguez needs to finally become the pitcher he has shown glimpses of becoming the last two seasons. The Red Sox have the night off before they start a series in St. Louis, but the organization should all be huddled around a television cheering on the C's and hoping the basketball season goes just a little longer. Two early home runs put the Sox ahead, while the Cardinals mustered all their magic in one, three-run inning, only to see their only lead vanish two innings later.
Betts' homer was the 10th leadoff homer of his career, tying Jacoby Ellsbury for the most in Red Sox history.
Jackie Bradley Jr. increased the lead to 2-0 with a homer in the second, his third of the season.
Kimbrel, who has not allowed a run against the Cardinals in St. Louis in seven games since the start of the 2012 season, earned his 12th save by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth. Betts led off the game with a homer and added a run-scoring groundout. Deven Marrero, who reached on an error by Jedd Gyorko, scored on Dustin Pedroia's single to center to make it 4-3.
Another run scored when left fielder Pham dropped a fly ball near the stands along the third-base line.
Pitching matchup: Rick Porcello (2-5, 4.01 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 1.94 ERA), 8:15 p.m.
"We have a solid lineup", starter Adam Wainwright said after tossing seven shutout innings Sunday in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.
ASTROS 12, MARLINS 2 Unbeaten ace Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks) became the first seven-game victor in the majors despite pitching only five innings, his shortest outing this season, and visiting Houston beat swooning Miami.
The Red Sox are one of three Major League teams (along with the Indians and Dodgers) who have four starting pitchers in their rotation now averaging more than a strikeout per inning.
Matheny admitted he might have to look for less pressurized spots to use Cecil, who signed a four-year, $30 million contract as a free agent over the winter. They came into the game ranked last in the American League with 31 homers.
RAYS 6, INDIANS 4 Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay's season-high five home runs, leading the Rays to a victory over host Cleveland. He's batting.295 and is second on the team with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs. "Particularly the fifth and sixth inning, where we were able to take back the lead with the two runs in the top of the fifth, and he was at his best to go out and have a nine-pitch inning in the bottom of the fifth, kept his pitch count in order to be able to go out and really allow us to kind of set up the bullpen in a favorable way with some of the matchups".
ORIOLES 13, TIGERS 11 (13) Chris Davis homered in the 12th inning and again in the 13th, and visiting Baltimore finally held on after the second one, outlasting Detroit. "We go out on the road, we know that there's a stretch of games where we've got to perform".