Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second major-league win in as many chances and Mike Napoli homered as visiting Boston completed a two-game sweep of Cincinnati.Brock Holt scored twice and Daniel Nava and Yoenis Cespedes each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who finished up the eight-game road trip 5-3 - their first winning trip of longer than three games in 2014. Ranaudo (2-0) was reached for four runs and eight hits in six innings, and Edward Mujica worked around back-to-back singles leading off the ninth for his third save.Mike Leake (9-11) hit a solo homer but was knocked around for five runs on eight hits in five innings. Skip Schumaker added a solo blast among two hits and Kris Negron scored twice for the Reds, who dropped three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second National League wild-card spot.Boston got to Leake for a pair of runs in the first inning on an RBI single from Nava and Napoli's run-scoring fielder's choice, but Cincinnati got on the board with a sacrifice fly in the third before grabbing the lead in the fourth. Schumaker's lined shot to right tied it up before Leake gave himself a lead with his second homer of the season to left one batter later.Leake did not waste much time surrendering that advantage as Holt doubled and scored on Cespedes' two-out single in the fifth before Napoli went the opposite way with a two-run shot to right-center. Negron tripled and scored on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, but Ranaudo got through the sixth unscathed and Burke Badenhop and Junichi Tazawa each posted a perfect inning before handing it off to Mujica.GAME NOTEBOOK: Cespedes was lifted in the seventh inning for a pinch hitter due to a right hand contusion. … Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped an 0-for-35 drought with a single in the second inning. … Cincinnati, which has dropped four of five, kicks off a seven-game road trip at Colorado on Thursday before heading to St. Louis for a showdown with the Cardinals.
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