By Tiffany Williams –
After a day off on Thursday, the Red Sox were back home at Fenway Friday night for a meeting with the St Louis Cardinals. The Sox, who have won nine of their last twelve, lost this one tonight, 8-6.
Arenado, got things started for the Cardinals at the top of the first with a two-run homer to make it 2-0.
After three scoreless innings, the Sox got into this game with Duran hitting a single off a 72 mph curveball to right and both Verdugo and Turner scored to tie the game 2-2
Bottom of the fifth, the Sox grabbed two runs with Valdez hooting a homer 381 feet, then Wong hit a homer 420 feet to center.
Top of the sixth, the Cardinals grabbed three runs to get out front and make it a 5-4 game.
After a scoreless seventh, Yoshida and Dalbec scored in the bottom of the eighth for Boston to get out ahead 5-6. But at the top of the tenth, the Cardinals grabbed three runs to win this game 8-6.
After starting the season rehabbing down in the minors, James Paxton finally made his Red Sox debut, his first appearance in the Majors since April 6, 2921. Paxton allowed a base runner in each of the first 3 innings, including a two-run homer in the first inning, but retired 13 of 16 batters faced after the homer.
Paxton became the second Red Sox starter this season to record 9+ strikeouts. On April 18, Sale stuck out eleven against Minnesota, and then on May 5, Sale struck out ten against Philadelphia.
The Sox will host the Cardinals for game two of this three-game set Saturday night, with first pitch at 4:10 PM.