Red Sox center fielder Ceddanne Rafaela chases down a fly ball hit by Cincinnati’s Jonathan India during Boston’s 7-4 win Sunday in Cincinnati. Jeff Dean/Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Connor Wong and Rob Refsnyder each hit two-run homers as the Boston Red Sox took the series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 7-4 victory on Sunday.

The Red Sox have won 9 of 11 and are now a season-best six games over .500.

“We finished the trip the right way,” Red Sox Manager Alex Cora sad. “We played well. There was a lot of energy. Great team performance.”

Jarren Duran extended his hitting streak to 13 games, going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI.

Reds Manager David Bell was ejected in the fourth inning by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bell’s third ejection this season and 30th as Reds manager, tying him with Sparky Anderson for most in franchise history.

“It’s an emotional game,” Bell said. “I was reminded today that I’m not supposed to say anything.”


The Reds have lost 8 of 12, and three straight series.

It was a bullpen day for the Red Sox, who used eight pitchers. Zack Kelly, who threw six pitches while earning the victory on Saturday, started and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. Greg Weissert (3-1) was credited with the victory.

“We asked certain guys (to do) a lot today in the pitching department,” Cora said. “We’ll see where we are tomorrow.”

Wong also extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Reds starter Nick Lodolo to put the Red Sox ahead 2-0.

“The offense did our job,” Duran said. “We just tried to keep it simple. He’s a really good pitcher and if he feels you’re being a little too aggressive, he’s going to pick you apart.”

Lodolo (8-3) allowed four runs – three earned – in 4 2/3 innings.


“He started the game with a pretty good blister,” Bell said. “It really affected him mostly on the curve ball. He was able to throw some good ones. It was a pretty good effort right there.”

Refsnyder’s two-run homer, his third of the season, came in the sixth inning off Brent Suter, lifting Boston’s lead to 7-1.

The Reds scored three runs in the sixth off Brad Keller, including Tyler Stephenson’s RBI double.

Kenley Jansen allowed one hit in the ninth and recorded his 15th save.

Boston improved to 24-16 on the road, fourth-best in the majors.

“There’s a lot of things that go into that,” Cora said. “It’s a good group. They get along. Athleticism and youth has put us in this spot. They’re establishing themselves as big leaguers. They just show up and play.”


Reds: Second baseman Matt McLain (left shoulder surgery) had an exam on his shoulder that went well. McLain remains on track to return in August. He has started running and should begin swinging a bat soon.


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