The Boston Red Sox completed a two-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ballpark, winning 5-4. Mike Napoli‘s two-run homer helped propel the Sox to victory. Rookie Anthony Ranaudo was not overly impressive on the hill, but he was good enough to lead his club to their fourth win in five games.
With the game all square at 3-3 in the fifth, Napoli stepped up to the dish and launched a jack to right-center that just narrowly cleared the fence. Napoli finished the afternoon with three RBIs, one of which came on a fielder’s choice groundout in the first.
Ranaudo emerged victorious for the second time in two Major League starts. He did surrender homers to Skip Schumaker and opposing pitcher Mike Leake, but his six innings of work was enough as his teammates backed him at the plate. Ranaudo allowed four runs on eight hits and recorded one strikeout.
Farrell called upon Edward Mujica to close things out. He initially allowed back-to-back base knocks before settling down to earn his third save of the season. Koji Uehara was unavailable out of the bullpen after seeing a heavy work load in recent games.
“It was great to get a win and finish off the series,” said Ranaudo following the game.
Boston concluded their eight-game road trip with a 5-3 record. They improved to 54-65 on the season. They still sit well back in both the divisional and wild card races.