Cespedes' homer lifts Red Sox to 3-2 win over Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

One pitch after ducking away from Jonathan Broxton's high-and-inside fastball, Cespedes launched a no-doubt, 433-foot drive to center field with two outs and Brock Holt on second base to give Boston back-to-back victories for the first time since a five-game winning streak from July 13-20.

Cespedes hit his 19th homer of the season and second with Boston — one in each of the last two games. He has reached base at least once in all nine games he's played for the Red Sox since they acquired him from Oakland in a trade.

Tommy Layne (1-0) got the final out of the seventh inning for the win. Broxton (4-1) was the loser.

Kojo Uehara pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

Boston starter Joe Kelly opened the interleague game with seven straight balls. When he finally threw a strike to Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton stole second and went to third on catcher Christian Vazquez's throwing error.

Kelly walked Bruce, setting up Todd Frazier's RBI single. Devin Mesoraco, who hit a grand slam and two-run homer while setting a career high with six RBIs in Cincinnati's 7-2 win over Miami on Sunday, followed with a run-scoring hit.

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