Recap - Napoli's HR helps Ranaudo, Sox

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning, two of them on Mike Napoli's 15th home run of the season as the Red Sox beat the Reds 5-4 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon.

Rookie pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, making his second start in the majors went 6 innings for his second career win allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one. Burke Badenhop, Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Mujica earned his third save of the season.

Daniel Nava led the Red Sox with two hits; Brock Holt scored twice. Boston has now won three in a row and four of its last five games.

Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI single before leaving for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth inning.

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