Sloppy Cardinals give game to Red Sox

It's starting to look like the Red Sox might have something in Eduardo Rodriguez. "I had a good first at-bat and then not really another good one after that".

"I just try to start the game off with something good and it just so happens the ball goes over the fence", Betts said.

The Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 6-2 in Porcellos last 8 road starts and 1-5 in Porcellos last 6 starts.

"I just feel like I'm not really consistent yet", Betts said. Ramirez started one of those games at first base, only to exit in the bottom of the fourth inning with a right trap muscle spasm. That's part of the game.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had two of Boston's six hits, including a home run, and Rodriguez (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits.

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. Other than that, the Red Sox pitching staff has undergone a complete makeover in the past four years. "We played a strong game, I think, in every phase here tonight". He also had the defensive play of the day, gunning down Carpenter when he tried to stretch a single into the double with two outs in the fifth.

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.

"I gave up two early with the homers and the team fought back and gave me a lead and I gave it away", Lynn said. "However it is I get on base, or whatever happens, happens".

Betts' homer was the 10th leadoff homer of his career, tying Jacoby Ellsbury for the most in Red Sox history. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games and 1-7 in Leakes last 8 home starts.

Fantasy Impact Rodriguez had some struggles in the game on Tuesday but pitched well enough to get the win and quality start.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth inning to earn his 12th save in 13 chances. All three Cardinals runs scored in the third, two coming on sacrifice flies.

A leadoff walk in the fifth was followed by an error charged to Jedd Gyorko on a hard-hit ball, and a swinging bunt by Rodriguez advanced the runners to second and third. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. He's batting.295 and is second on the team with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs. That's when Chris Sale stepped in. Velazquez, whose contract was purchased from the Mexican League in February, is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in five starts at Pawtucket.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was impressed by the way he was able to bounce back. LHP Tyler Lyons is set to make one more rehab start Saturday for Springfield before rejoining the Cardinals.

Boston's All-Star closer stumbled through an uneven 2016 season, posting the highest ERA of his career (3.40) and his worst K-BB ratio (2.7-to-1) since becoming a full-time closer in 2011. The Cardinals have given up nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 12 games.