Mike Napoli’s two-run shot lifts Red Sox past Reds

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the fifth to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

Napoli smacked Mike Leake’s 2-0 pitch over the right-center wall for his 15th long ball of the year as the Red Sox (54-65) completed a two-game sweep of the Reds.

“I was in a hitter’s count and just trying to get a pitch I could drive. Got one I could handle, put the barrel on it,” said Napoli, who finished with three RBIs.

Daniel Nava added two hits and scored a run and Brock Holt scored a pair of runs for the Red Sox, who won all four games against the Reds this season. Yoenis Cespedes added an RBI, but left the game with a sore right hand.

“He was fighting me a bit, but it was precautionary,” said Boston manager John Farrell.

Called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to start for the struggling Brandon Workman, Anthony Ranaudo (2-0) picked up the win in his second career start. The right- hander surrendered four runs on eight hits over six innings.

“He gave us six solid innings,” said Farrell “He’s a fly ball pitcher and that’s risky in this ball park. He battled.”

Leake (9-11) also homered but took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings. Skip Schumaker homered, finishing 3-for-4 for the Reds, losers in four of their last five.

Trailing 3-2, the Red Sox put up a three-run fifth to take the lead. Cespedes’ two-out single plated Holt, who started the rally with a one-out double, to tie the game. Napoli followed with a homer to put the Sox ahead 5-3.

The Reds got a run back in the home half of the frame when Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly plated Kris Negron, who started the inning with a triple, but that was it for the Reds.

Ranaudo finished up with the sixth inning and Burke Badenhop, Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica worked an inning each to clinch the win.

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