BOSTAN (AP) – Luis Castilla knocked out 10, rebounding 6 innings with one shot, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Boston 2-1 on Tuesday night, winning their first win at Fenway Park after the 7th World Cup 1975 series.
Joey Watta doubled the top of the field wall twice – once to the left, once to the right and each possibly an inch from the home run – and Cincinnati scored both nets with errors in Boston’s throws.
Rafael Devers had the only blow to Castillo (2-2), which went three times before going 1-0 after six.
Tony Santillano, the Reds ’fourth pitcher, came in with one shot on the ninth and gave the singles to Kike Hernandez and a double to Devers. After JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts resigned, Alex Verduga got into a chopper that Votto couldn’t handle at first, and was allowed to score one goal on the single.
Santilian then crossed out Trevor Story on three margins to earn his fourth save.
Michael Vacha (3-1) stepped down from the first 12 batters of the game before Wotta hit one on top of the Red Sox bullpen wall in the center-right, which bounced in the double. The Red Sox starter got the next three bounces to leave Votto stranded.
In the sixth, Albert Almora Jr. and Matt Reynolds were singled out, and Aristide Aquino hit a hard chopper to the third that wiped out Almora in a rolling headline home. Brendan Drury jumped out and then Nick Senzel hit the ball, which would have ended the inning – except that Devers threw the ball up the line and into the penalty area for the photographer, which allowed him to score.
Austin Davis freed Eye, who started with a loss in Boston for the first time since the first week, despite allowing zero earned runs after three strokes and struck out three. Boston was closed in the back-to-back games by a pair of teams that finished last, joining in June at 22 games below 0.500.
The Reds scored another series in the ninth number due to another throwing error, this one by Xander Bogaerts.
Votta’s double in the fifth bounced off the top of a short wall in front of the Red Sox bullpen in the center-right. His double in the eighth bounced off the red line at the top of the Green Monster and returned to the field.
The Reds disputed the second, claiming it was a home run, but repetitions showed that the ball remained in play.
The Red Sox are 12-2 against the Reds in the Interleague, winning each of their previous nine games and the top five at Fenway Park. The teams also met in the 1975 World Series, which Cincinnati won in seven games one day after Carlton Fisk waved his hand, Homer in the 12th inning in the 6th game. (The teams shared four games on Fenway.)
Overall the Reds scored 6-17-1 on the field, including a 3-10-1 record against the Boston Braves when they played for Fenway during part of the 1914-15 season.
The Reds did not visit Boston in 2014, and perhaps that is why no one noticed that the Green Monster scoreboard mistakenly spelled “CINN” on the Green Monster scoreboard.
Reds: Tommy Pham was scratched from the squad about two hours before the first inning due to soreness in his left calf. He has just finished disqualification for three games for Giants outfielder slap Joe Pederson over a controversy in fantasy football. … RF and lead striker Tyler Nakvin left the game with a left ATV tension. Aristides Aquino replaced him.
Red Sox: Devers was in a circle on deck when he was hit in the chest by Hernandez’s foul ball. After Hernandez made the last of the third, Devers took his position at third base.
Boston RHP Gareth Whitlock (1-1) faces Cincinnati RHP Hunter Green (2-6) in the final series of two games.
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