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Middlebrooks, Red Sox rally past Reds, 4-3

  • Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey (28) is forced at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia prepares to turn a double play on Reds' Zack Cozart during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey (28) is forced at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia prepares to turn a double play on Reds' Zack Cozart during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Skip Schumaker (25) is congratulated by Chris Heisey (28) after his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cincinnati Reds' Skip Schumaker (25) is congratulated by Chris Heisey (28) after his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy delivers to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy delivers to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, picks up Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to celebrate the team's 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, picks up Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to celebrate the team's 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey (28) is forced at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia prepares to turn a double play on Reds' Zack Cozart during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Skip Schumaker (25) is congratulated by Chris Heisey (28) after his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy delivers to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, picks up Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to celebrate the team's 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, back, delivers to Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI single as Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena is behind the plate in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – Will Middlebrooks hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, capping a two-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Boston Red Sox over the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, last night for a sweep of the two-game interleague series.

David Ortiz and Mike Napoli also drove in runs for the World Series champion Red Sox, who reached .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season.

Skip Schumaker hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which lost the opener to Boston, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, the Red Sox scored against two relievers.

Mike Napoli drew a one-out walk from Manny Parra, J.J. Hoover (1-4) walked pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski’s ground-rule double tied it at 3. Jackie Bradley Jr. was intentionally walked before Middlebrooks sent a hard grounder up the middle.

Craig Breslow (2-0), who also got the win in Tuesday’s game, pitched one hitless inning. Koji Uehara struck out the final three batters for his eighth save.

Cincinnati starter Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and was in line for the win before Boston rallied. He gave up two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four.

Boston’s Jake Peavy allowed three or fewer runs for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

The Reds took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Roger Bernadina bounced a slow groundout to second against reliever Chris Capuano with the bases loaded.

In the bottom half, left fielder Chris Heisey made a nice inning-ending running catch on Shane Victorino’s liner into the gap with the tying run on second.

Boston tied it with a pair of runs in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Ortiz and RBI double by Napoli. It could have been worse for Leake, but Grady Sizemore bounced to second with runners on second and third and, after an intentional walk, Bradley Jr. hit an inning-ending grounder.

Schumaker, who came off the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after being sidelined since spring training with a dislocated left shoulder, homered in the third after Heisey had a leadoff double.

The teams bounced into a combined five double plays, with the Red Sox turning three.

NOTES

∎  Boston Manager John Farrell didn’t start SS Xander Bogaerts to “get another left-handed bat in the lineup.” Switch-hitter Jonathan Herrera took his spot and batted ninth. Bogaerts came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth.

∎  Leake had given up eight hits and four runs over seven innings in each of his last two starts.

∎  Reds RHP Alfredo Simon turned 33 yesterday.

∎  The Reds are off until tomorrow, when they open a six-game homestand against Colorado with RHP Johnny Cueto (3-2, 1.31 ERA) going against RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 7.20).

∎  Boston is also off today before opening a six-game road trip in Texas when RHP Clay Buchholz (2-2, 5.63) faces Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.87).

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