The Boston Red Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 with the help of a two-run homer by Mike Napoli at the Great American Ballpark on Wednesday.
Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second win of the season, moving to 2-0, after tossing six innings and allowing four earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out just one. The youngster struggled through some innings early, but gutted out six tough innings to help keep the Red Sox in the game.
Boston trailed in the top of the fifth, but got to Reds starter Mike Leake in the frame with an RBI-single by Yoenis Cespedes, followed by a two-run shot over the right-center field fence by Napoli to give the Sox a 5-3 lead. Cespedes had to leave the game after injuring his hand, but it was said to be a precaution more than something on the serious side.
The bullpen was able to hang onto the victory with Edward Mujica earning his third save of the year, giving Koji Uehara a rare break.
Right fielder Daniel Nava was the only member of the Red Sox lineup to collect more than one hit, as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Napoli’s homer was his 15th on the year, while Cespedes picked up his 75th RBI of the year with a run-scoring ground-out early in the contest.
Allen Webster takes the mound for the Red Sox to start a weekend-set with the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. Another good start for Webster will do a lot for his confidence and boost his changes to sticking with the rotation next season.