Guardians Placek throws the ball out of Fenway, Bosocks and skids

BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland pitcher Zach Plessic threw the ball completely out of Fenway Park as grounds crews began rolling down the tarp, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Guardians 3-1 on Monday. ended a five-game losing streak by defeating Night.

With a light rain, Yulmer Sanchez hit an RBI single in the third inning to put Boston up 1-0. Plate umpire and crew chief Dan Iasogna then called for the tarp and Placek, who was walking toward the third-base dugout, threw the ball over the third-base roof and out of the ballpark.

There were dark skies at Fenway when Iassogna was shown the weather radar by a member of the ground crew. The rain quickly picked up, and shortly after the tarp was fully in place, the skies opened up for about 15 minutes, making conditions dire for any chance of play.

“Well, I mean, it wasn’t even raining,” Placek said of his disappointment. “It’s like they’re expecting it. I was ready to play until we could play. I don’t think we should stop playing if we’re able to play now.”

“I was just disappointed that we closed it out. I didn’t know if we were going to play or not come out of the break. Fortunately, it only lasted 40 minutes or so,” he said.

The game started 38 minutes late and Pulisic returned to the pitch.

Alex Verdugo hit a tiebreaking double and Boston’s bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The Red Sox are just 6-15 in July and are just a half-game behind Baltimore in last place in the AL East.

“We understand that we can be sellers, you can be buyers,” Verdugo said of the upcoming trade deadline. “It all depends. We know we’ve got a good team, we’ve got a good group of guys and we can go somewhere. We’re hoping to build on what we’ve achieved. Are and maybe add a couple and make a postseason push.

Jose Ramirez drove in Cleveland’s run with an infield hit. It was the third straight loss for the Guardians.

Wearing their “City Connect” yellow and powder blue uniforms, the Red Sox chased Pulsak (2-8) to break a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth.

Verdugo doubled off the Green Monster and Rob Refsnyder raced home after the ball bounced over left fielder Steven Kwan and back to the infield as he fell to the ground trying to play carrom. Christian Vazquez added a bloop RBI single off Trevor Steffen.

John Schreiber (3-1) got Miles Straw to ground out with two runners on to end the sixth before pitching the seventh. Garrett Whitlock got six outs for his second save.

“We played good defense. I think that was the difference,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said a day after his team was playing “terrible.”

Making his first start since July 15 due to the All-Star break, Pulisic was charged with three runs in five-plus innings, allowing just three hits.

“It was a weird night,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Placek’s start. “He didn’t leave too many hits.”

Boston starter Nick Pivetta gave up seven singles and one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Papi is celebrating.

The Red Sox will honor David Ortiz with a ceremony before Tuesday’s game, two days after his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Francona, who managed the Red Sox from 2004-11, shared his thoughts on what made Ortiz special.

“You know, the biggest thing about it from me, I knew David before he was Big Poppy. I don’t think I ever called him Big Poppy. It was always David,” he said. said. “You guys have been around him and you’ve seen when someone walks into a room, he can light up the room with that smile, with his personality. Some people come to Boston and they kind of shrink. Yes, he brought out his personality.

what heat

Despite warm, muggy conditions with a “real feel” 93 degrees, Guardians 1B Josh Naylor wore a winter hat with a long-sleeve sweatshirt to grounders and BP.

When asked about it, he said: “I can’t wear a hat without washing my hair first. I’m serious.” He has flowing locks that peek out from under his baseball cap.

go forward.

Naylor flicked the bat with his hands toward the netting behind Boston’s on-deck circle, sending a batsman leaping.

Trainer’s room

Guardians: OF Oscar Gonzalez (10-day injured list, right intercostal strain) is scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Akron.

Red Sox: DHJ De Martinez missed fourth straight game with groin strain. … RHP Michael Wacha (IL, right shoulder inflammation) suffered hitters. He is then scheduled to do it again on Saturday before going on a rehabilitation assignment, he said. … Trevor Story (IL, bruised right hand) took BP before the game.

Next up

Mentor: They will likely use the opener on Tuesday. Francona said it will likely be RHP Bryan Shaw (4-2, 5.29 ERA).

Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (3-4, 4.38) is slated to start if he recovers from COVID-19.


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