Kyle Kendrick Rocked in Four Run 5th as Red Sox Lose Second Straight at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — Top of the order hitters Keon Broxton and Eric Thames had two hits each and set the tone in a four-run fifth inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
The Brewers won a second straight interleague slugfest in game that had 24 hits, 13 for Milwaukee. They also scored two runs on throwing errors by catcher Christian Vazquez, one each in the fifth and sixth.
Broxton started rallies in both those innings with hits. Second-place hitter Thames’ ground-rule double drove home Broxton in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie.
Thames stole second in the sixth on a play that ended with Broxton scoring from third on one of Vazquez’s errors to make it a five-run lead.
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the Red Sox, while Vazquez was one of four Boston hitters with two hits.
Red Sox starter Kyle Kendrick (0-2) was shelled for six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Brewers counterpart Chase Anderson needed 99 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and two runs.
When Mookie Betts hit an RBI single in the fourth to tie the game at 2, it seemed as if the teams were well on their way to another long night of lots of hits and mediocre pitching.
But Brewers reliever Rob Scahill (1-1) shut down the Red Sox, allowing just two walks over 2 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jared Hughes got Vazquez to ground into a 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth, holding Boston to one run in the inning.
Both squads lost key players to injuries. Boston first baseman Hanley Ramirez left before the bottom of the fourth with what the team called a muscle spasm in his right upper back.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun departed after singling in the fifth with left calf tightness.
Red Sox: Ramirez, who made his first start at first this season, had been limited to serving as a designated hitter this year and had a lingering right shoulder injury. … LHP David Price (strained left elbow) is scheduled to make his first rehab start in the minors on Sunday at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner will be limited to about 75 pitches. Farrell said Price might need two rehab starts, though he did not have a timetable for the ace’s return.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (right calf) will make his first rehab start on Monday at Double-A Biloxi, where he hopes to throw about 75 pitches. Guerra got hurt trying to run out a bunt at the plate during his first career opening day start.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts doubled off the base of the wall down the line in left in the first to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1) has been respectable on the road to begin the season, going 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts. He’ll make his first career start against the Brewers as the Red Sox wrap up a three-game interleague series at Miller Park. RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-2) goes for Milwaukee. He left after three innings in his last start on Friday against Pittsburgh because of a 2 1/2-hour rain delay.