Raul Mondesi delivered a three-run triple in the sixth inning, propelling the Royals to a 10-4 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night in Boston.
The Royals entered the sixth inning trailing 4-2, but erupted for eight runs in the frame, highlighted by Mondesi's bases-clearing triple that put them ahead to stay. Penciled in as the club's starting second baseman for the remainder of the season, Mondesi is hitting .189/.232/.300 with a homer and 10 RBI in his limited action this season.
David Ortiz crushed his 31st home run of the year on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Red Sox to victory over the Royals.
Big Papi's solo shot ignited a three-run rally in the fourth inning that briefly gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense. Ortiz finished the night 1-for-4 and is now slashing .319/.407/.633 with 31 bombs and 101 RBI in his farewell tour.
Eduardo Rodriguez was knocked around in Sunday's loss to the Royals, allowing five runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Rodriguez struggled with his command in the contest, issuing four walks while striking just one. It was his first start since August 16 due to discomfort he experienced in his left hamstring and the left-hander appeared a bit rusty. He'll bring a disappointing 5.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Athletics in Oakland.
Yordano Ventura couldn't make it out of the fifth inning in Sunday's start against the Red Sox, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.
Ventura also walked a pair and struck out just one. David Ortiz tagged him for a solo homer in the fourth inning, then the Red Sox added three runs in the fifth to chase the right-hander. It has been a very disappointing season for Ventura who owns a 4.33 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 149 2/3 innings. He'll hope for better results when he squares off against the Tigers at home on Saturday.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Homer Bailey is dealing with right biceps tendinitis.
Bailey left Sunday's debacle of a start after just one inning, and now we know it wasn't just ineffectiveness that led to the early hook. The good news is that his elbow feels fine, though the Reds may opt to skip his next start just to err on the side of caution.