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Birthday Benny is back with a bang

Left fielder breaks slump, finishes home run shy of cycle
July 7, 2019

DETROIT -- The two days off obviously did wonders for Andrew Benintendi. After manager Alex Cora sat the left fielder because he had been slumping, Benintendi returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, a triple, a double, an RBI and stolen base on his

DETROIT -- The two days off obviously did wonders for Andrew Benintendi.

After manager Alex Cora sat the left fielder because he had been slumping, Benintendi returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, a triple, a double, an RBI and stolen base on his 25th birthday, as the Red Sox held off the Detroit Tigers for a 10-6 win.

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“He put some good swings on it, had some good at-bats,” Cora said. “Ran the bases well. Hope that this will get him going.”

Benintendi tripled in the first and scored on Michael Chavis’ single. He had a run-scoring double in the fourth that Detroit left fielder Christin Stewart misjudged. Benintendi led off the eighth with a single, stole second and scored on Eduardo Nunez’s two-out single.

With two runs scored on Saturday, Mookie Betts surpassed 75 runs for the season before the All-Star break for the third time in his career and joined an elite club.

The only other players to do it are: Todd Helton (2000, '01, '03), Rickey Henderson (1982, '85, '86), Bobby Bonds (1969, '70, '73) and Ted Williams (1946, '49, '50). Betts also accomplished the feat in 2016 and last season.

Boston led 7-0 after the top of the fourth, but starter Rick Porcello, who previously pitched for the Tigers, gave all but one of the runs back and could not make it out of the sixth inning. He allowed six runs on nine hits, including two home runs to Jeimer Candelario, in 5 2/3 innings with a walk and five strikeouts.

Porcello allowed six runs in one-third of an inning in his last start against the Yankees in London last Sunday.

“Everything was going great for five innings, got hit around.” Porcello said.

Cora said Porcello did some good things.

“He did a good job until the last inning,” Cora said. “Early in the game curveball, change-up and fastball [were good]. Just wasn’t able to finish it.”

The game was delayed four hours and five minutes because of rain.