The Boston Red Sox earned their sixth victory in seven games Saturday night at Fenway Park behind a dominating effort from starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa. Mike Napoli came through in the clutch, helping his club top the Royals for the second straight night, 2-1.
With the game squared at one aside in the sixth, Napoli stepped to the dish and crushed a solo shot of Danny Duffy into the light towers high above the Green Monster to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson belted a triple to center in third. He later came and scored his team’s lone run of the game on an Omar Infante sacrifice fly. Jackie Bradley fielded the ball in center and nearly gunned Dyson down at home.
De La Rosa has been pitched brilliantly at home this season. The youngster tossed seven innings of one run ball. He stuck out two and walked four. He’s now 3-2 on the season.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for De La Rosa. He was forced to work out of a few jams over the course of the ballgame. Twice in particular, Jonny Gomes was involved was in a pair of dropped pop ups. With runners in scoring position, De La Rosa shut it down.
The 27-year-old has allowed one or fewer runs in four of his seven starts this year.
The fact that Napoli is heating up is a tremendous sign for the Sox. He’s gone 6-for-14 in recent games. If they’re to make a playoff push, it’ll be in large part due to Napoli’s production at the plate.
Boston has now won eight straight games at Fenway Park. At last it seems as if the Sox are assembling that run everyone has been long awaiting. They’ll go for the series sweep on Sunday. Ace Jon Lester will take the hill opposite Yordano Ventura.
The Sox are now 45-52 on the year.