By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) – Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer Friday night, and the Boston Red Sox extended their AL East lead to four games by overcoming Scooter Gennett’s fourth grand slam of the season for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Boston added to its lead with the help of the Yankees’ 8-1 loss at Toronto. The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 (89-64).
Their AL Cy Young Award winner is still struggling heading into playoff time.
Rick Porcello gave up Gennett’s fourth grand slam – a Reds’ season record – in the first inning. He lasted a season-low four innings, turning a 5-4 lead over to the bullpen. Porcello has lost 17 games – most in the majors – after winning 22 last year along with the Cy Young.