Boston hopes home -- and Rockies -- mean more runs

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Jun 11, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong (12) and relief pitcher Chris Martin (55) react after defeating the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 11, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong (12) and relief pitcher Chris Martin (55) react after defeating the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
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In search of more offense, the Boston Red Sox return home to open a three-game homestand against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night

Although Boston won two of three games against the New York Yankees over the weekend, the Red Sox were held to seven runs in the series. Boston has scored three runs or fewer in eight of its last nine games and has a 3-6 record over that span


"We have traffic," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the Red Sox's ability to get on base following Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees. "We're working the counts, but obviously we're not scoring runs. We're not finishing anything. The two-out hits ... they're always important in this game and we've just got to find a way to get it going, finish the at-bats.

Monday's contest will be the start of a 10-game road trip for Colorado, which ended a six-game losing streak by beating San Diego 5-4 Sunday. That victory also ended the team's five-game losing streak at home.


Ryan McMahon hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning for the Rockies, and, after a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay, Nolan Jones hit a game-winning home run later in the ninth

Colorado also got a home run from second baseman Coco Montes in his major league debut.

Left-hander James Paxton (2-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Red Sox on Monday. He's 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four career starts against the Rockies

Paxton struck out nine and gave up two runs in seven innings during his last start to help the Red Sox defeat Cleveland 5-4 last Tuesday


"We feel really confident whenever Paxton is taking the bump right now," Red Sox outfielder Rob Refsnyder said. "He's got pretty special stuff as you see. A high 90s fastball, kind of just bearing in. He gives us ace-caliber stuff.

The Rockies will be looking for another strong start from right-hander Connor Seabold, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to San Francisco. The no-hit bid ended when LaMonte Wade singled with one out in the sixth


Seabold (1-2, 5.10) limited the Giants to two runs on two hits in six innings before departing in and ultimately receiving a no-decision. He struck out four and walked two.

"That's the version that you'd like to see out of Connor and his stuff," Colorado manager Bud Black said following that game. "Four pitches -- fastball command to both sides of the plate, good changeup, slider, a couple of curveballs. A mix of pitches, changing speeds, disrupting timing of the hitters, crowding some guys on their hands."


Before facing the Giants, Seabold allowed one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings against Arizona on June 1. He struck out five and walked two in that game -- also a 5-4 loss in which he did not get a decision.

The Rockies acquired Seabold from the Red Sox in January. He spent most of the 2022 season with Triple-A Worcester, where he went 8-2 with a 3.32 ERA. Seabold has never pitched against the Red Sox


Colorado catcher Elias Diaz was not in the lineup Sunday after he was hit in the mask by a foul ball during Saturday's game. Catcher Brian Serven was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque for Sunday's game against San Diego, though he did not play.

--Field Level Media