Buchholz, Red Sox Lose To Colorado Rockies

By The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau each hit two-run homers for Colorado, and the Rockies beat the Red Sox 8-2 Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 0-for-4, snapping his 29-game hitting streak, which was the longest in the majors this year.

Nolan Arenado and DJ LaMahieu also drove in a runs for Colorado, which pounded out 12 hits to halt a three-game skid. The Rockies (22-24) salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

Rockies starter Jon Gray (2-2) won his first career start at Fenway Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out six.

Boston (29-18) saw its four-game winning streak end.

Bradley hit a first-pitch groundout in his final at-bat in the eighth to conclude his streak.

David Ortiz launched a two-run homer, and Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games for the Red Sox, who lost only two of their previous 15 home games.

Bogaerts’ streak is now the longest active in the majors.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz (2-5) was serenaded by booing Red Sox fans upon his departure. He allowed all three Rockies homers and six runs total on six hits while striking out two over five innings.

Bogaerts’ streak-stretching single in the first inning preceded Ortiz’s two-run blast.

Buchholz kept the Rockies’ bats quiet for three frames before Gonzalez unloaded on a 2-1 pitch in the fourth for a game-tying, two-run homer — his first in nine games.

Story feasted on a mislocated Buchholz fastball for another two-run bomb in the fifth and Garneau slugged one of his own two at-bats later as Colorado built a four-run advantage.

Arenado hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh, and LeMahieu capped the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth.

Mookie Betts, who was not in the starting lineup, entered as a pinch hitter with two runners on in the Boston ninth, but grounded out to end the game. Bradley was on deck when the last out was recorded.

NOTES: Former Boston 3B Wade Boggs’ No. 26 was retired in a pregame ceremony. “Greatest day of my life,” said Boggs, who also threw out a ceremonial first pitch. The ceremony was attended by many of Boggs’ teammates. Boggs, a Hall of Famer and 12-time All-Star who won five American League batting titles, hit .338 over his 11 seasons with the Red Sox. … Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring tightness) and SS Xander Bogarts (lacerated finger on right hand) were in the starting lineup Thursday. RF Mookie Betts (rest) did not start. Chris Young started in right field. … Giants RHP Matt Cain (1-5, 5.37 ERA) counters Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 3.02 ERA) on Friday in San Francisco. Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly (2-0, 5.28 ERA) battles Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez (4-1, 3.20) in Toronto on Friday.

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