The Boston Red Sox made the most of their trip to the Mile-High City. Boston rode its Rocky Mountain high, notching a two-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-4 win on Wednesday night at Coors Field. The Sox got a milestone night from Xander Bogaerts, who launched a pair of home runs in the win while the Boston offense tallied four long balls in the evening. Eduardo Rodriguez worked around a lot of traffic, but did enough to earn his team-leading 16th win of the season. The Red Sox moved to 72-62 with the win while the Rockies fell to 59-75 after the loss. Here’s how it all went down: GAME IN A WORD X That’s technically not a word but you get it. And lay off, we do 162 of these. ON THE BUMP — Rodriguez’s run of consecutive quality starts ended on Wednesday night, but Rodriguez did enough to pick up the win. The southpaw had to work around a good deal of traffic, allowing nine hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings of work. He held Colorado scoreless into the fourth. A leadoff walk led to three singles, with Garrett Hampson making it 2-1 on a safety squeeze bunt. Back-to-back singles from Yonathan Diaz and Tony Wolters plated two more runs in the fifth as the Rockies closed the deficit to 5-3. Rodriguez’s evening was done after 104 pitches, 60 of which were for strikes. — Josh Taylor entered to throw a scoreless sixth, allowing one hit with a strikeout. — Marcus Walden was tagged for a run in the seventh to make it 6-4 after giving up a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado. The righty surrendered just the one hit and struck out one. — Matt Barnes worked around a walk to chuck a scoreless eighth, striking out one. — Brandon Workman picked up his ninth save after working a spotless ninth, striking out the side. IN THE BATTER’S BOX — J.D. Martinez put up a two-spot in the third inning. Following a Rafael Devers stand-up triple, Martinez laced a long home run to left to make it 2-0. — Boston tacked on three runs in the fifth. Xander Bogaerts plated two runs on a home run to right-center field to make it 4-1. Christian Vazquez then drilled a single off the wall in right to plate Martinez to make 5-1. — Bogaerts made to two on the night and 30 on the season with another opposite field home run into the Rockies bullpen to make it 6-3. — Devers went bridge to leadoff the ninth to make it 7-4. — Bogaerts had three hits, adding a double to his two long balls. Devers had three hits, as well, coming up just a double short of the cycle. Martinez and Vazquez each had two hits. Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland also added base knocks. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. went hitless. TWEET OF THE GAME Devers forever is a mood. UP NEXT The Red Sox get a day off before heading back to Southern California to face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. First pitch is slated for 10:07 p.m. ET.
United States women’s national soccer team members Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and Allie Long posed with a custom WWE title belt recently to honor their 2019 Women’s World Cup victory.
WWE tweeted photos of the three USWNT stars channeling their inner WWE Superstar:
The U.S. Women’s National Team members are no strangers to titles, and they recently added a custom WWE #WomensChampionship to the collection! https://t.co/YQjWqCNJuM @USWNT @CarliLloyd @julieertz @ALLIE_LONG #OneNationOneTeam
WWE Hall of Famer and Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque also tweeted a closer look at the title, which features special USWNT side plates:
An inspiring performance and fourth #FIFAWWC win for the @USWNT. Congratulations to @mPinoe, @alexmorgan13 and the entire team and coaching staff for helping us all believe in #OneNationOneTeam! This custom @WWE Women’s Championship should help continue the celebration! https://t.co/dBP9qO9bDj
The title itself is modeled after the Raw Women’s Championship, which is currently held by “The Man” Becky Lynch.
Over the past few years, WWE has regularly sent custom belts to major sports teams that have won championships.
The USWNT has won two consecutive World Cups and four overall. This year, Team USA defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the final in France.