The wheel-spinning season of the Boston Red Sox continued Sunday with a 3-2 11-inning loss to Cleveland. Boston (31-38) dropped to 9 games behind Toronto, and is 5.5 game back in the wild card standings (tied with Houston).
Brandon Workman (1-0, 2.88) gave Boston six strong innings: 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
The Red Sox search for traction continues tonight with the Twins coming to Fenway. Rubby De La Rose (1-2, 3.93) gets the start.
Left-hander Felix Doubront made his third rehab appearance and threw five no-hit innings for Pawtucket. He also walked four, and only about half of his pitches were strikes (50 of 93). The fastball remained in the high 80’s, low 90’s range.
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Matt Barnes made a rare relief appearance (3 IP, 3 H, 2 K), dropping his ERA to 4.41 … Drake Britton (4.50) blew the save, giving up a two-run, game-winning homer in the ninth … Mookie Betts (.267) was 0-for-3 with a walk (.377 OBP).
Portland left-hander Brian Johnson (5-1, 1.71 ERA) threw a lot more strikes than Doubront (62 of 91), pitching six scoreless innings (4 H, 1 BB, 5 K). Johnson’s walks-hits-per-inning (WHIP) ratio is 0.992.
Keury De La Cruz (.286) hit two home runs for Portland (his first two in Double-A) … Sean Coyle (.348) was 2-for-4 with his fifth home run … Blake Swihart (.292) walked twice and added his 13th double.
Salem left-hander Cody Kukuk was fine in Greenville (3-0, 1.88), but finding in tougher in advanced Class A (1-4, 7.06). He had an interesting outing Sunday. Only two of the 12 batters he faced put the ball in play (sacrifice bunt and a ground-out). He walked seven and struck out three … It marked the second straight start that Kukuk did not finish the second inning … Salem won on Ryan Dent’s walk-off RBI single. Dent, formerly with the Sea Dogs, is batting .250.
Greenville left-hander Trey Ball (1-6, 7.07) is being challenged in his first full pro season. Ball, the 2013 first-round draft pick out of high school, shows improvement, despite the numbers. He had allowed five hits and one run through 5 1/3 innings on Sunday, when he promptly allowed a double, triple and home run. Final line: 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
First baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi, 18, was a 30th-round draft pick out of high school last year, but signed with a $440,000 bonus. He batted only .178 in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. So far in Lowell, he’s batting .417 in three games, going 2-for-4 Sunday with a double.