Rodriguez heeded the advice and righted the ship, going on to not allow another run throughout his final three innings. After Bradley led off with a walk, third baseman Jedd Gyorko was unable to come up with a sharply hit ball off the bat of Devan Marrero. Dustin Pedroia delivered a two-out, go-ahead single to center field to put the Red Sox ahead 4-3 for good.
The Boston Red Sox met with local leaders Tuesday two weeks after an outfielder was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park. The Cardinals challenged the ruling on the field, but it was upheld upon review. Bogaerts got on base with a single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Vazquez.
Another run scored when Tommy Pham dropped a fly ball near the stands along the third-base line.
The Cardinals rallied with three in the third. Lance Lynn (4-2) gave up four runs, two earned, and three hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one.
Kolten Wong led off with a single. Tommy Pham followed with a sacrifice fly to center, tying the game and moving Fowler to third.
A sacrifice fly by Pham brought in Lynn and Fowler was able to score on a pop up to short left field by Matt Carpenter, caught by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
St. Louis made three errors and lost for just the second time in 10 games. The Red Sox came into the game last in the AL with 31 homers and had only two in their last four games combined.
Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 1.94) is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in which he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. It was Betts' 10th leadoff home run of his career, which tied him with Jacoby Ellsbury for the most in Red Sox history. Betts leads the Red Sox with 26 RBIs.
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For the Cardinals, Aledmys Diaz walked with one out in the second but never advanced.
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.
That play led to a two-run inning that featured more trouble for beleaguered Cardinals left-handed reliever Brett Cecil, who walked two left-handed batters, the only two batters he faced before he was pulled from the game.
The Red Sox, who have yet to develop any consistency in 2017, feature some of the top young position players in baseball, including reigning American League player of the week Mookie Betts. I like the Cards to steal this game at home.
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.
With one out in the second, Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. went deep to make it 2-0. He got a no-decision. Then, after two failed bunt attempts, Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez hit the Redbirds' Lance Lynn with a 1-2 pitch. With Stephen Piscotty due back Friday and Jhonny Peralta nearing a return as well, it will be interesting to see how the roster and playing time allotments shake out over the next few weeks.
"I feel OK", Betts said. The report "said he made a couple of nice plays. all great to hear".
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