Ramirez homers twice, Red Sox beat Diamondbacks 9-4
BOSTON >> Hanley Ramirez had two three-run homers for six RBIs, David Ortiz added a homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 in interleague play on Friday night.
It was a much-needed victory for the Red Sox, who had lost four of five.
Boston scored four runs in each of the first two innings, ending a streak of 14 scoreless innings by the Diamondbacks' starting pitchers. The Red Sox took advantage of some sloppy defensive play by Arizona, which committed two first-inning errors.
Ortiz had three hits, including his 1,000th extra-base hit with Boston.
It was all the run support needed for David Price (10-8), who struck out eight in eight innings to pick up the win.
Patrick Corbin (4-12) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and nine hits, including both of Ramirez's homers.
It was the 20th multi-homer game for Ramirez.
The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in in the first inning on Rickie Weeks' two-run homer over the Green Monster.
That was quickly erased in Boston's half of the inning.
After Dustin Pedroia reached on an error and Ortiz got aboard with a single, Ramirez cleared the bases with a line drive blast over the Monster to put the Red Sox in front.
Bryan Holaday later pushed the lead to 4-2 with an RBI single to center. All the runs in the inning were unearned, thanks to the two Arizona errors.
Ramirez's second homer, to straight away center, stretched the Red Sox's lead to 8-2.
Diamondbacks: Manager Chip Hale said RHP Rubby De La Rosa, who has been on the DL since May 27 with right elbow inflammation, is currently not throwing after experiencing some forearm and elbow tightness. Hale said he's had an MRI, but that the team has not received the results.
Red Sox: Pedroia left the game after the second inning with flu-like symptoms. ... 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. A start next Thursday has not been ruled out yet. ... RHP Koji Uehara (right pectoral strain) has also increased his throwing distance to 90 feet and will continue to increase the distance and volume based on tolerance.
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (4-7, 4.80 ERA) has posted a 2.03 ERA over his last six road starts, while surrendering just one home run and limiting opponents to a .222 batting average over that span.
Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.64 ERA) gets the start as Wright continues to mend his injured shoulder. Buchholz, who will make his 14th start of the season, has shined in the bullpen allowing just one run in 8.1 innings over his last six appearances.
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