Jonny Gomes smacked a two-run, pinch-hit home run to key the Boston Red Sox 5-4 win over Kansas City (see standings below).
Another big home run came earlier in the inning with Xander Bogaerts swatting his seventh of the season, but the first since June 13.
Any sign of a resurgence from Bogaerts is good news for Boston, which needs some right-handed hitters. That is why the Red Sox rushed up Mookie Betts to the majors. Shane Victorino was not coming back soon, so Boston beckoned Betts. In 10 games, Betts has looked solid. He’s batting .235 (.364 in his last four games).
But now that Victorino appears ready to come back after consecutive games in Pawtucket, Betts might be headed back to Triple-A.
No big deal. Remember in 2007 when a hot-shot outfielder began the year in Portland and was in Boston by June 30? Jacoby Ellsbury was around for only six games (batting .375 no less) and then sent to Pawtucket. He finished the season in the majors (in the World Series).
Should the Red Sox want to again look to Pawtucket for a right-handed, outfield bat, they might bypass Betts and summon Alex Hassan, who made a cameo appearance in the majors June 1 and 3. In Pawtucket, Hasson batted .217 in April and May, with one home run. In June and July, he’s batting .374 with five home runs – including one in each of his last four games.
Dan Butler later provided Pawtucket with the winning home run (his fourth) … Deven Marrero (.320) was 2-for-4 … Steven Wright began his outing by yielding two hits. Both runners scored. He still lasted eight innings: 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K.
The Sea Dogs lost 7-4 … Derrik Gibson (.321) was 3-for-4.
Henry Owens (12-3, 2.21) gets his first start since July 6 (since then, he’s thrown one inning, in an All-Star Game). Game time is 7 p.m. (follow the tweets at @ClearTheBases).
The Red Sox go with Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.89) tonight.
Boston (as well as the Yankees and Rays) gained ground on Friday:
New York 48-47 (4 back)
Toronto 49-48 (4)
Tampa Bay 45-53 (8.5)
Boston 44-52 (8.5)