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WATCH: Christian Vazquez sets career-high for home runs in a season

WATCH: Christian Vazquez sets career-high for home runs in a season

Christian Vazquez is experiencing the best year of his career at the plate so far in 2019. 

Hours after Alex Cora lauded the 28-year-old catcher for embracing the challenge set before him following Blake Swihart's DFA, Vazquez belted his sixth home run of the season, setting a new career-high just 34 games into the 2019 campaign. 

Entering Saturday's clash with the Houston Astros, Vazquez bolstered a .311/.362/.519 slash line along with a .881 OPS. All four are career highs if they hold. 

Vazquez has not had the chance to be the primary starting catcher for the Red Sox before Swihart was traded to Arizona, and now Boston's confidence in him is starting to pay off. If Vazquez can continue to build on his success, he'll surely set many more career-highs before this season wraps up. 

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Red Sox plate six runs in weird 6th inning rally

Red Sox plate six runs in weird 6th inning rally

The Boston Red Sox were trailing the Baltimore Orioles at 6-0 midway through the third inning of the final game of their series at Fenway Park. However, a wild sixth inning put them back on top, as the team was able to plate six runs during the frame.

The inning started innocently enough for the Orioles, who led 6-3 at the start of the inning. J.D. Martinez cracked a double to center and Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to move him to third base. But after a Sam Travis walk and an RBI double by Christian Vazquez, lefthanded specialist Paul Fry came into the game for the Orioles.

And that's when things really started to go off the rails for Baltimore.

Fry was able to get Mitch Moreland to weakly pop the ball into left field. It should've been the second out of the inning, but instead, this happened (via the Red Sox official Twitter).

 

So, not only did the team fail to record the second out, but the drop and error on the throw afforded the Red Sox an opportunity to score the game-tying run.

From there, the team kept scoring. Rafael Devers notched his 99th RBI of the season on a go-ahead double while consecutive RBI infield hits gave the Red Sox some extra cushioning. The team had a chance to extend their 9-6 lead with the bases loaded, but Travis struck out looking at the plate to end the inning.

Adding to the weirdness of the inning was the fact that the Orioles used four different pitchers and were forced to switch catchers as well. Chance Sisco took a shot on the game-tying bloop single while trying to grab the overthrow and while he would stay in the game, he eventually left after taking a hard foul ball to the groin area.

These things, plus all the fielding mistakes by the Orioles, made for some very interesting baseball on Sunday afternoon at Fenway.

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Nathan Eovaldi shelled in first start for the Red Sox since April

Nathan Eovaldi shelled in first start for the Red Sox since April

With Chris Sale headed to the injured list, the Red Sox needed their $68 million pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to step up and fill the void.

Alex Cora expressed his confidence in him returning from a brief stint in the bullpen, and pitching against the lowly Orioles is a good way to re-acclimated yourself. 

It didn't go as planned for Eovaldi and the Red Sox Sunday. The hard-throwing righty pitched just two innings and gave up five earned runs on a home run, a double a single, and two wild pitches. It was his first start since April 17.

Not much has been going right for the Red Sox rotation this season after a dream campaign in 2018, and as the team's chances of making the postseason lessen every day, it's staff continues to get hit by the injury bug. 

Oh, and the Red Sox haven't announced a starter for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. 

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