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Rafael Devers Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.

”Today we did an outstanding job finishing the game and we got the W,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ”We are a good team. We know how to play the game and we turn the page really quick.”

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

”They were making it tough today,” Leake said. ”They weren’t giving me any breaks today.”

Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston’s rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, his first hit of the series, and Devers followed with a blast off the Hit It Here Cafe in right field to give Boston a 5-0 lead.

”Anytime you can put up a five spot in the inning, you are happy with it ,” Moreland said. ”That was a good inning for us.”

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs.

Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen in left centerfield, his 12th of the season and fourth of the series.

Facing left-hander Roenis Elias in the eighth, Benintendi extended Boston’s lead to 9-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Red Sox have hit three or more home runs 10 times this season, and are 36-7 when scoring five or more runs.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his sixth straight win in as many starts, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Rodriguez (9-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his starts during his winning streak, and the Red Sox are 13-1 in Rodriguez’s starts this season.

”It was really good,” Rodriguez said of his start. ”All of my pitches were working. It was really great.”

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their order against Rodriguez in the fifth , but managed just one run. Jean Segura cut Seattle’s deficit to 5-2 with a fielder’s choice, but Seattle’s rally was cut short following back-to-back fly outs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz.

”He had to work for it that fifth inning but he limited the damage,” Cora said. ”. He did a good job. Good fastball. He was more aggressive in the strike zone.”

Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet in to the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle’s deficit to 5-1. Cruz has homered five times in his last nine games.

In the eighth, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line, scoring Cruz to make it 9-3.

The Red Sox improved to 18-5 in series finales, and have won five straight day games on the road.


Mariners: RHP Nick Vincent (groin) is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, then make a rehab appearance with Double-A Arkansas on Wednesday before joining the Mariners during their three game series in Boston beginning Friday.


Red Sox: Chris Sale (6-4 , 2.75 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip against the Twins on Tuesday. Sale has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts and has nine starts this season allowing one or fewer earned runs.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales (7-3, 3.42) goes for his sixth win in as many starts when the Mariners begin a 10-game road trip against the Yankees on Tuesday. Gonzalez has allowed just six earned runs in his last six starts combined.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When he was 8 years old, Brian Burns celebrated when his older brother Stanley McGlover was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round.Thirteen years later, McGlover returned the favor when the Panthers selected Burns, a defensive end from Florida State, with the 16th overall pick in the NFL draft.“Pretty cool, right?” Burns said Thursday night.Burns said McGlover could barely breathe when the announcement was made , joking that “he’s probably more excited than me. He’s going through it right now. He loves it.”The Panthers drafted Burns to bolster a pass rush that finished 27th in the league in sacks last season. They hope he can become a long-term replacement for likely future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers, whom Burns met as a young boy when he attended a Panthers game to watch his brother play.Burns said it’s crazy to think he’s now viewed as Peppers’ replacement in Carolina.“I am glad to fill those shoes,” Burns said.The Panthers knew they needed to upgrade at defensive end after losing Charles Johnson and Peppers — the franchise’s top two pass rushers ever — to retirement the last two offseasons.Burns said he had a hunch the Panthers would draft him after Peppers announced his retirement in February.“As soon as he retired I put it together and was like, man, this is going to be crazy if they take me,” Burns said.The first thing that stood out to Panthers coach Ron Rivera when he watched Burns on tape is how quickly he gets off the line of scrimmage.In Rivera’s eyes, he does that faster than everyone else in the draft.Rivera compared him to current Panthers defensive Mario Addison, another speed rusher who has 39 ½ sacks over the past three seasons for Carolina.“He’s very similar (to Addison) as he has that elite get off and those long arms ,” Rivera said. “He will be a great complement to the group of guys we have in that defensive line room.”Added general manager Marty Hurney: “The combination of his speed, his change of direction and his ability to stop on a dime and redirect. And then his length. He uses his (arm) length to set the edge on the run.”Burns planned to celebrate by attending a midnight screening of the movie “Avengers: Endgame.”But he’s eager to get to work as soon as possible.“I’m hungry for knowledge and I want to learn,” Burns said. “I want to be coached.”Rivera wouldn’t say if he expects Burns to start right away, instead saying he expects he will fit into the rotation.The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Burns had 15 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 sacks to go along with 52 tackles last season as an every down player. Burns also broke up three passes and forced three fumbles and earned first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.He burst on the scene in 2017 when he had two sacks and 4 ½ tackles against Clemson. He finished with career with 124 tackles and 24 sacks for the Seminoles.Burns was the fifth defensive end taken in the first 16 picks of the draft.Rivera said if there is one thing Burns needs to learn its defeating the blocker at the point of attack before trying to find the ball.“Focus in on the guy who is attacking you, finish him off and then go make the play,” Rivera said. “He wants to get to the ball so quickly.”The Panthers are looking to rebound from a disappointing season in which they lost seven of their last eight games to fall out of playoff contention and finish 7-9.Carolina has three picks on Friday night — one in the second round (No. 47 overall) and two in the third (No. 77 and No. 100). Among their most pressing needs is to find an offensive tackle.
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