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Volquez sharp but Red Sox rally past Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm •  Published: July 3, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Edinson Volquez won a few bucks on his 30th birthday.

The rest of his San Diego teammates weren't as lucky.

Volquez held Boston to one run over six strong innings before Luke Gregerson surrendered a game-ending homer in the ninth to pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes that sent the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.

Carlos Quentin went 3 for 4 with a double and two singles for San Diego, which has lost five straight, scoring just five runs during the skid.

"Little bit up in the strike zone," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Gregerson's 2-2 slider that Gomes sent into the stands. "Threw a couple of good ones down that Gomes swung through. I'm sure he tried to execute the same one that he did the previous two for strikes, just left it a little bit up.

"Gomes was probably looking for it."

Pitching on his birthday for the first time in his nine-year career, Volquez scattered seven hits with six strikeouts and just one walk, an intentional one to David Ortiz in the third inning.

He has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts, going 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA during that stretch.

"It was a gutty performance by Eddie," Black said. "I liked the no walks, for sure."

Volquez said he made a bet with pitching coach Darren Balsley on how many walks he'd surrender against Boston.

"I won some money with that," he said with a laugh.

Gregerson (4-4) jumped ahead 1-2 before Gomes evened the count and hit his second game-ending homer of the season, sending Gregerson's fifth straight slider into the first row of seats above the Green Monster in left field.

"He pitched very well in Miami. Really good sliders down there against some of their hitters," Black said. "I thought a really good slider today, too.

"It just so happens tonight where he got one up, the guy got a hold of it."

Mike Carp had two hits and scored a run for Boston, which is 7-1 on its nine-game homestand that concludes Thursday against the Padres.

Koji Uehara (2-0) pitched one inning for the win.

The Red Sox squandered a good chance in the eighth. Dustin Pedroia led off with a double off the Green Monster against Nick Vincent. After Ortiz was intentionally walked for the second time, Gregerson relieved and retired the next three batters, striking out Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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