Alex Gonzalez won his second game of the summer, as the Red Sox beat Wareham 8-2 Sunday night.
By: Andrew Constant / @andrew_constant
The Red Sox won their season-high fourth straight game, 8-2 over Wareham Sunday night, to move just one game back of Harwich for the Eastern Division lead.
Yarmouth-Dennis struck for three runs in the top of the first inning, pouncing on Gatemen starter Jared Ruxer. Tanner Mathis singled to lead off the game and stole second with Carlos Asuaje at the plate. Later in the at-bat, Asuaje doubled Mathis home, keeping up a hot streak of his own. Alex Blandino followed with a fly out to center and Asuaje was thrown out at third, clearing the bases. But Sam Travis started a new rally, singling to right in front of Mason Katz, who hit two home runs Saturday against Harwich. Katz singled to move Travis to second for Zak Blair. The second baseman cracked a single to chase Travis home and Robert Pehl followed with an RBI single of his own before the inning came to a close.
That was more than enough for Y-D starter Alex Gonzalez, who fired five strong innings, allowing just six hits and one run. He struck out six Gatemen and upped his record to 2-1. Joey Denato twirled three frames of solid relief, yielding only one run on two hits. Denato had five strikeouts in his effort as Y-D pitching teamed for 12 in the game. Preston Hatcher worked a perfect ninth for the Red Sox.
Travis crushed a two-run home run to left field in the top of the ninth, stretching the final advantage to six. The blast was Travis? third of the summer.
The Red Sox collected 15 hits in the game and everyone but Sean Dwyer from the starting lineup had at least one hit. Mathis went 3-4 and scored twice out of the leadoff spot and Blair had three hits in five chances in the six-hole.
Y-D is back in action Monday night when they travel to Harwich with a chance to take over first place in their division. A starting pitcher hasn?t been announced as the Red Sox look to stretch their longest winning streak of the summer to five games.