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Nolan Jones hits Guardians to spoil David Ortiz’s return to Fenway


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The 8-3 loss dropped the Red Sox to last place in the AL East.

Cleveland Guardians’ Nolan Jones (33) is congratulated by manager Terry Francona, right, after his three-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Winckowski in the third inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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BOSTON (AP) — Guardians rookie Nolan Jones politely asked reporters to wait so he can send his dad a photo of the souvenir baseball he’s bringing home from Fenway Park.

Not the one on his home run — a three-run shot that was just the second home run of Jones’ major league career. The one David Ortiz dedicated to him the night the Red Sox slugger returned from Cooperstown as the new Hall of Famer.

“David Ortiz is my hero, actually,” Jones said, pausing to show teammate Owen Miller the ball after Cleveland beat Boston 8-3 on Tuesday night.

“Do you have two?” Miller asked.

Minutes after Ortiz took the field in a pre-game ceremony and proclaimed himself good luck for his plummeting former team, the Red Sox fell 5-0 en route to a sixth defeat in seven games. They have lost 14 of their last 18 to fall to last place in the AL East.

Austin Hedges also homered and Steven Kwan had three hits to help the Guardians snap a three-game losing streak. Bryan Shaw made his first start after a record 732 relief appearances, and Kirk McCarty (1-2) earned his first career victory, pitching four scoreless innings and striking out four.

“He came by in the middle of that game and calmed him down,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “I think he had a bit of adrenaline because it was coming out hot.”

Xander Bogaerts had three hits for Boston. Josh Winckowski (3-5) allowed five runs on six hits and one walk, striking out twice in three innings.

The Guardians scored solo runs in the first two innings before Jones hit a three-run homer to make it 5-0 in the third. Boston scored two goals in the bottom half to chase Shaw and had the bases charged with one out.

But Nick Sandlin had Kevin Plawecki on a shallow pop-up, and Jones, in right field, kicked out Bogaerts trying to score from third to end of the inning. The Guardians lead the majors with 27 assists.

TRIBUTE TO GRANDPAPI

Ortiz was inducted into Cooperstown on Sunday, and both managers from Tuesday’s game took part in the pre-game ceremony. Francona led the Boston teams that won the 2004 and 2007 World Series; Red Sox skipper Alex Cora was a 2007 championship team player.

Ortiz took the field to chants of “Papi!” and said to the crowd: “The lucky charm has just arrived.”

Francona said to honor Ortiz and come away with a combined win to make it a great night.

“It’s our guys here,” he said. “That was a long time ago, and I’m really proud of it all. But that’s where I’m at and I just want to make sure our guys know I was looking forward to getting back to our dugout.

START AGAIN

Shaw made the first start of his 12-year career and was already campaigning for another.

“I’m trying to start again on Sunday,” he said.

Told it would likely put him against the Rays and former Cleveland Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, he said, “That would be great.”

Shaw’s last professional start was in 2010 in Double-A. On Tuesday, he allowed two runs on three hits, one hit and one walk while striking out two. He started with the Guardians leading 5-1 and the runners at first and second with one out at third.

The previous major league record for appearances before a first start was David Robertson, who pitched 680 games in relief from 2008-21 before starting for the Rays against Miami.

“I’ll take all the records I can get,” Shaw said.

BOSTON WINNER

The Red Sox made their 10th mistake in eight games.

Yolmer Sanchez was flagged for an errant throw with the bases loaded in fourth on the floor of Josh Naylor in the middle. Sanchez tried to return it to shortstop for strength at second but threw it away, allowing a second run to score.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Goalies: OF Oscar González (tense ribcage muscles) went 0 for 2 with a pair of popups and a walk in a rehab mission with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks. … LHP Anthony Gose is still feeling discomfort in his tight triceps and will need two more weeks of rest.

Red Sox: Winckowski was hit in the back on Owen Miller’s ground shot in the third. The ball ricocheted off shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who pitched first for the out. After a visit from the coach, Winckowski remained in the game.

NEXT:

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) takes on Goalie RHP Cal Quantrill (7-5) in Game 3 of the four-game series.

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