The Juice: Cody Ross blasts Red Sox to series win, Ozzie Guillen all wet after series loss to Cubs

Kevin Kaduk
July 20, 2012

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Ross rescues Red Sox: Who says that Cody Ross can't hit righties? Despite owning one of the most disparate splits out there (.750 OPS against righties, 1.246 against lefties), the Boston Red Sox right fielder blasted a three-run walkoff homer off righty Chicago closer Addison Reed on Thursday night. The ball landed high in Fenway Park's Green Monster seats, giving Boston a 3-1 victory and allowing Ross to forget about his recent run against right-handers. He had been 3 for 28 against right-handers coming into the at-bat, but he also came into the at-bat after hitting two three-run homers off Chicago lefty Pedro Hernandez in Wednesday's 10-1 win over the White Sox.

From the Associated Press:

Before the game, Ross was jokingly asked if there'd be a repeat performance.

''I thought it was kind of a dumb question, but I guess it wasn't,'' he said.

The loss was a gut-punch for the White Sox, who were looking at a split of the series after rookie Jose Quintana threw eight innings of scoreless baseball. But relievers Matt Thornton and Reed were unable to hold on, wasting Quintana's third eight-inning shutout this season. (Quintana did not get a decision in any of those starts, receiving a total of three runs of support.) The White Sox's lead over the Tigers in the AL Central is down to 1.5 games and they'll open a three-game set at Comerica Park on Friday night. The first pitching matchup is a good one: Jake Peavy vs. Justin Verlander.

F@% Chicago: Cody Ross may have implied that message with one swing of his bat. But it was the definitive instruction that a frustrated Ozzie Guillen left behind for his former home after a 4-2 loss to the Cubs sent the Marlins packing as losers of two of three games at Wrigley Field this week. Though the invective was aimed at a question seemingly intended to figure out what restaurants Ozzie had dined at mid-week, it wasn't hard to see why he was easily irked. The Marlins lost the series after Paul Maholm outpitched Mark Buehrle, giving the world another Cubs pitcher to discuss as possible trade bait. (Maholm has recorded a 0.89 ERA over his last five starts.)

Volquez goes the distance: Believe it or not, but Edinson Volquez became just the third Padres pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout in Petco Park history, downing the Astros 1-0 on Thursday night. Jake Peavy and Ismael Valdez are the only other two home pitchers to have achieved the feat since Petco opened in 2004, though eight opposing pitchers have done the deed. What's nuttier is that seven Padres pitchers have thrown complete-game shutouts on the road in that time frame.

Skid skeedaddled: The Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 getaway day victory over the Nationals and the pair that did the stopping was a likely duo: David Wright hit two home runs with five RBIs while R.A. Dickey got the win after allowing three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. The Nationals, however, still lead the Mets by seven games despite the day's two-game swing in the standings.

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Quote of the day

"If you're going to boo, wait until the game's over."

— Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, who contributed five RBIs in the Reds' 7-6 victory over Arizona. Fans at Great American Ballpark had previously shown their displeasure after the home team fell into an early six-run hole.

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Photo of the Day: Sandoval's shards

Pablo Sandoval actually managed a broken-bat double on this swing in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Giants missed a sweep in Atlanta with a 3-2 loss to the Braves.

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Three facts for the water cooler

Mike Trout was the only Angel to score in a 5-1 loss to the Tigers, but it extended his streak of consecutive games with a run scored to 11. The franchise record is 13 straight contests, set by Jim Edmonds in 1995.

The temperature in Kansas City at the end of the Royals-Mariners game was 105 degrees. It probably felt even hotter than that for the Royals, who have lost 13 of their last 17 games after a 6-1 loss to Seattle.

The A's moved to 48-44 with a 4-3 win over the Yankees in Oakland. It's the first time since May 31, 2010 that the franchise has been four games over .500.

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