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Cespedes’s home run leads Red Sox over Cincinnati

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Boston Red Sox  pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after striking out Cincinnati Reds Chris Heisey in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after striking out Cincinnati Reds Chris Heisey in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava reacts after striking out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava reacts after striking out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Boston Red Sox  pitcher Koji Uehara (19) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara (19) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Boston Red Sox  pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos throws in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos throws in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier swings during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier swings during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Boston Red Sox 's  Yoenis Cespedes watches his   two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt  in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Boston Red Sox 's Yoenis Cespedes watches his two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz,right, talks with Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton in first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz,right, talks with Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton in first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  •  Boston Red Sox 's David Ortiz and pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrate with catcher Christian Vazquez (55) celebrate at the end of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 3-2.(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>

    Boston Red Sox 's David Ortiz and pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrate with catcher Christian Vazquez (55) celebrate at the end of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 3-2.(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, right, steals second base and advanced to third as the ball gets away from Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, right, steals second base and advanced to third as the ball gets away from Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by Chris Heisey, right, after scoring on a base hit by Devin Mesoraco off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by Chris Heisey, right, after scoring on a base hit by Devin Mesoraco off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Boston Red Sox 's  Yoenis Cespedes watches his   two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt  in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

    Boston Red Sox 's Yoenis Cespedes watches his two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  • Boston Red Sox  pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after striking out Cincinnati Reds Chris Heisey in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava reacts after striking out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  •  Boston Red Sox  pitcher Koji Uehara (19) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  •  Boston Red Sox  pitcher Joe Kelly throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos throws in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  •  Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier swings during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox,Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  •  Boston Red Sox 's  Yoenis Cespedes watches his   two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt  in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  •  Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz,right, talks with Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton in first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  •  Boston Red Sox 's David Ortiz and pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrate with catcher Christian Vazquez (55) celebrate at the end of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 3-2.(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)<br/>
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, right, steals second base and advanced to third as the ball gets away from Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  • Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by Chris Heisey, right, after scoring on a base hit by Devin Mesoraco off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
  • Boston Red Sox 's  Yoenis Cespedes watches his   two run home run off of Cincinnati reliever Jonathan Broxton scoring scoring Brock Holt  in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

CINCINNATI – After being brushed back, Yoenis Cespedes got payback.

One pitch after ducking away from Jonathan Broxton’s high-and-inside fastball, Cespedes launched a no-doubt, 433-foot drive to center field with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night.

“A lot of times when pitchers throw high and tight, they think the batter backs off and gets flustered,” Cespdes said after the game through a translator. “That’s not how I am. I get more focused.”

Manager John Farrell pointed out that the eighth-inning, go-ahead homer was Cespedes’s second in two games, giving Boston back-to-back victories for the first time since a five-game winning streak from July 13-20. Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Angels.

“Broxton stood him up, then he got a fastball out over the plate, and (Cespedes) showed how strong he is,” Farrell said. “I’m not saying it was intentional.”

Cespedes hit his 19th homer of the season. He has reached base at least once in all nine games he’s played for the Red Sox since they acquired him from Oakland in a trade.

Broxton’s approach was the same used by the Reds all night, Manager Bryan Price said.

“I have no regrets about Broxton,” Price said. “He went right after (Cespedes). We jammed him the first two times up. We were trying to come inside on him.”

Tommy Layne (1-0) got the final out of the seventh inning for the win. Broxton (4-1) was the loser.

Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

Boston starter Joe Kelly opened the interleague game with seven straight balls. When he finally threw a strike to Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton stole second and went to third on catcher Christian Vazquez’s throwing error.

Kelly walked Bruce, setting up Todd Frazier’s RBI single. Devin Mesoraco, who hit a grand slam and two-run homer while setting a career high with six RBIs in Cincinnati’s 7-2 win over Miami on Sunday, followed with a run-scoring hit.

Mat Latos retired 11 straight batters before Daniel Nava led off the seventh with a double. Xander Bogaerts snapped a 0-for-15 slump with an RBI single.

Latos gave up five hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts in seven innings.

Kelly allowed five hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings as the Red Sox improved to 4-3 on their eight-game road trip.

Long drought

Kelly’s first career stolen base in the third inning was the first by a Boston pitcher since Bill Landis in 1969.

Cuban connection

Cuban RHP Raisell Iglesias, 24, was in Cincinnati yesterday for the first time since signing a seven-year contract on June 27. Fellow Cubans and current Reds Brayan Pena and Aroldis Chapman encouraged Iglesias to sign with Cincinnati, he said.

Up next

Red Sox: RHP Anthony Ranaudo makes his second major league appearance and first against a National League team when he starts at Cincinnati today.

Reds: RHP Mike Leake makes his second start of the season. He left with a 3-2 lead but the Reds lost, 4-3, at Fenway Park on May 7.

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Farrell is pleased with the progress shown by C David Ross and RF Allen Craig as they increase baseball activities. Both have been on the DL since Aug. 2, Ross with right planter fasciitis and Craig with a left foot sprain.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey’s sore elbow prompted the Reds to push his next scheduled start from today against Boston to Saturday at Colorado.

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