Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland, left, is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in St. Louis.

He is always a safe start including his matchup with RHP Rick Porcello and the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Boston started their late rally with two outs. We've got the Celtics still battling through the National Basketball Association playoffs and we've got the Boston Red Sox dragging their way through a fairly young season.

Leake allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings, striking out five without a walk.

Boston improved to 3-17 when trailing after seven innings, while St. Louis fell to 19-1 when leading after seven.

The Cardinals built their lead on a leadoff homer from Dexter Fowler in the first and a three-run second inning, getting four consecutive hits off Porcello before leaving the bases loaded. (2/3 of an inning), Matt Barnes (1/3 of an inning), Joe Kelly (2/3 of an inning), Robbie Scott (1/3 of an inning), Craig Kimbrel (one inning), Heath Hembree (one inning) and finally Ben Taylor (one inning, save).

Cardinals: General manager John Mozeliak said INF Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory) could be activated Friday and RF Stephen Piscotty (right hamstring) sometime over the weekend.

Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and Whit Merrifield also went deep for Kansas City, which scored three times in the ninth to make the final score more respectable. Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double, and Tommy Pham's run-scoring groundout made it 4-0.

Kansas City (6-2-4) is undefeated in 15 straight home games.

Betts went 1 for 5 and is batting.371 (13 for 35) with five homers and five doubles over his last eight games.

David Price was expected to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, but a rainout forced the Red Sox lefty inside to pitch a simulated game instead. The score would stay that way until the top of the seventh inning, when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a 441 foot two-run home run to centerfield.

NOTES: Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval will DH for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night as he attempts to work his way back from a sprained right knee that has kept him on the disabled list since April 25.

On Thursday, 28-year-old right-hander Hector Velazquez will start for the Red Sox as they continue to piece together the rotation. Jake Odorizzi (3-2) allowed four runs in six innings. He has gotten better by the appearance, and will take the mound Thursday night with an 0-1 record and a 3.78 ERA. He opened last season 0-3 with a 6.03 ERA in his first six starts.