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Jeimer Candelario homers twice, Andrew Abbott strikes out 10 as Reds beat Red Sox 5-2

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Jeimer Candelario homers twice, Andrew Abbott strikes out 10 as Reds beat Red Sox 5-2
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Jeimer Candelario homers twice, Andrew Abbott strikes out 10 as Reds beat Red Sox 5-2

2024-06-22 10:36 Last Updated At:10:40

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeimer Candelario homered twice, Andrew Abbott struck out a season-high 10 and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 in the opener of an interleague series on a Friday night.

Candelario hit solo homers off Kutter Crawford (3-7) in the first and third innings. Jonathan India had solo shot off the Red Sox starter in the second, and the Reds scored two more on a throwing error by reliever Cam Booser in the seventh to halt Boston's five-game winning streak.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeimer Candelario homered twice, Andrew Abbott struck out a season-high 10 and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 in the opener of an interleague series on a Friday night.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India throws to first for the out on Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India throws to first for the out on Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida hits a foul tip against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida hits a foul tip against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida grounds out to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida grounds out to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Connor Wong runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Connor Wong runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India, left, celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Will Benson during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India, left, celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Will Benson during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jeimer Candelario celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jeimer Candelario celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Candelario is hitting .338 in June and and pushed his season home run total to a team-high 14.

“He's done it before in big spots. He's done it in important situations, all that,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He knew it was just a matter of time.”

Abbott (6-6) allowed two runs — solo homers by Jarren Duran and Connor Wong — and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up a single to Romy Gonzalez to start the sixth and then fanned Tyler O'Neill and Rafael Devers before giving way to Fernando Cruz, who struck out Wong to end the inning.

Sam Moll and Nick Martinez followed, each with a scoreless innings, and Alexis Diaz pitched the ninth for this 17th save.

“I was able to get into the strike zone on all counts,” the 24-year-old Abbott said. “I was able to win the race with two strikes, like win the 1-1 counts. I was able to do some things that in some games this year I haven't been able to do.”

The Reds were holding onto a 3-2 lead in the seventh when they took advantage of two Red Sox errors. The first, a wild throw on a grounder to second, put Santiago Espinal on first base.

He advanced to third on a double by Luke Maile, which chased Crawford. An errant throw home by Booser on a surprise TJ Friedl bunt allowed both runners to score.

“Honestly, he put down a pretty good (bunt),” said Wong, the catcher. "He killed it. (Booser) had to make a really tough play, and it ended up going over my head. The trail runner was able to come around and score. Hindsight is 20-20, right? It was do or die. It was a great effort. We didn’t execute.”

Crawford allowed five runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

The homers by Duran and Wong extended their respective hitting streaks to 11 games, a career high for both.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Wilyer Abreu (ankle sprain) is expected to be activated on Saturday. He has been out since June 4.

Reds: C Tyler Stephenson is day to day with an undisclosed injury, leading to C Austin Wynns being promoted from Triple-A Louisville. OF Jacob Hurtubise, who garnered attention as only the second West Point graduate to play in the major leagues and one of the first athletes to be granted a delay in military service to play professional sports, was sent down. The 26-year-old was hitting .185 in 29 games with Reds.

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The Red Sox send right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-4, 3.88 ERA) to the mound to face Reds right-hander Frankie Montas (3-5, 4.62) as the series continues on Saturday night.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India throws to first for the out on Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India throws to first for the out on Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida hits a foul tip against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida hits a foul tip against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida grounds out to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida grounds out to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Connor Wong runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox's Connor Wong runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India, left, celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Will Benson during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India, left, celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Will Benson during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jeimer Candelario celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati Reds' Jeimer Candelario celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Biden's campaign chair acknowledges support 'slippage' but says he's staying in the race

2024-07-19 23:57 Last Updated At:07-20 00:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's campaign is insisting anew that he is not stepping aside as he faces the stark reality that many Democrats at the highest levels want him to bow out of the 2024 election to make way for a new nominee and try to prevent widespread party losses in November.

Meanwhile, six more members of Congress called for him to drop out, making the total now more than two dozen.

Isolated as he battles a COVID-19 infection at his beach house in Delaware, Biden’s already small circle of confidants before his debate fumbling has shrunk further. The president, who has insisted he can beat Republican Donald Trump, is with family and relying on a few longtime aides as he weighs whether to bow to the mounting pressure.

Biden campaign chair Jen O'Malley Dillion acknowledged “slippage” in support for the president, but insisted he is “absolutely” remaining in the race and that the campaign sees “multiple paths" to beating Trump.

“We have a lot of work to do to reassure the American people that yes he’s old, but he can win," she told MSNBC's “Morning Joe” show. But she said voters concerned about Biden's fitness to lead aren't switching to vote for Trump. “They have questions, but they are staying with Joe Biden," she said.

At the same time, the Democratic National Committee ’s rulemaking arm opened its meeting Friday, pressing ahead with plans for a virtual roll call before Aug. 7 to nominate the presidential pick, ahead of the party’s convention later in the month in Chicago.

“President Biden deserves the respect to have important family conversations with members of the caucus and colleagues in the House and Senate and Democratic leadership and not be battling leaks and press statements,” Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Biden’s closest friend in Congress and his campaign co-chair, told The Associated Press.

It's a pivotal few days for the president and his party: Trump has wrapped up an enthusiastic Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. And Democrats, racing time, are considering the extraordinary possibility of Biden stepping aside for a new presidential nominee before their own convention.

Amid the turmoil, a majority of Democrats think Vice President Kamala Harris would make a good president herself.

A poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 6 in 10 Democrats believe Harris would do a good job in the top slot. About 2 in 10 Democrats don’t believe she would, and another 2 in 10 say they don’t know enough to say.

Democrats at the highest levels have been making a critical push for Biden to rethink his election bid, with former President Barack Obama expressing concerns to allies and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately telling Biden the party could lose the ability to seize control of the House if he doesn’t step away from the 2024 race.

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich on Friday called on Biden to exit the race, making him the third Senate Democrat to do so.

“By passing the torch, he would secure his legacy as one of our nation’s greatest leaders and allow us to unite behind a candidate who can best defeat Donald Trump and safeguard the future of our democracy,” said Heinrich, who is up for reelection this fall.

And Friday, Reps. Jared Huffman, Mark Veasey, Chuy Garcia and Mark Pocan __ representing a wide swath of the caucus __together called on Biden to step aside.

“We must defeat Donald Trump to save our democracy," they wrote.

Separately, Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois wrote in an op-ed that with “a heavy heart and much personal reflection” he, too, was calling on Biden to “pass the torch to a new generation.”

Campaign officials said Biden was even more committed to staying in the race despite the calls for him to go. And senior West Wing aides have had no internal discussions or conversations with the president about Biden dropping out.

On Friday, Biden picked up a key endorsement from the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. CHC BOLD PAC said the Biden administration has shown “unwavering commitment” to Latinos and “the stakes couldn’t be higher” in this election. “President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have delivered for the Latino community,” the group said.

But there is also time to reconsider. Biden has been told the campaign is having trouble raising money, and key Democrats see an opportunity as he is away from the campaign for a few days to encourage his exit. Among his Cabinet, some are resigned to the likelihood of him losing in November.

The reporting in this story is based in part on information from almost a dozen people who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive private deliberations. The Washington Post first reported on Obama’s involvement.

Biden, 81, tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling in Las Vegas earlier this week and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said.

The president himself, in a radio interview taped just before he tested positive, dismissed the idea it was too late for him to recover politically, telling Univision’s Luis Sandoval that many people don’t focus on the November election until September.

“All the talk about who’s leading and where and how, is kind of, you know — everything so far between Trump and me has been basically even,” he said in an excerpt of the interview released Thursday.

But in Congress, Democratic lawmakers have begun having private conversations about lining up behind Harris as an alternative. One lawmaker said Biden’s own advisers are unable to reach a unanimous recommendation about what he should do. More in Congress are considering joining the others who have called for Biden to drop out. Some prefer an open process for choosing a new presidential nominee.

“It’s clear the issue won’t go away,” said Vermont Sen. Peter Welch, the other Senate Democrat who has publicly said Biden should exit the race. Welch said the current state of party angst — with lawmakers panicking and donors revolting — was “not sustainable.”

However, influential Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries are sending signals of strong concern.

To be sure, many want Biden to stay in the race. But among Democrats nationwide, nearly two-thirds say Biden should step aside and let his party nominate a different candidate, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. That sharply undercuts Biden's post-debate claim that “average Democrats” are still with him.

Associated Press writers Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Michigan, Ellen Knickmeyer in Aspen, Colorado, Steve Peoples in Milwaukee, and Josh Boak, Will Weissert, Mary Clare Jalonick, Seung Min Kim and Stephen Groves in Washington contributed to this report.

President Joe Biden takes the stage to speak at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden takes the stage to speak at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks to his car after stepping off of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks to his car after stepping off of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supporters cheer during the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Supporters cheer during the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

FILE - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an event in Washington, June 23, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Speaker Emerita Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. And former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an event in Washington, June 23, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Speaker Emerita Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. And former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - Chairman Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2023. Jittery Democrats seeking to hold onto Senate seats are watching the drama over Biden nervously. Even candidates who seem to be in a strong position are walking a fine line between loyalty to the president and their own political survival. Tester has offered little public support for the president since the debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FILE - Chairman Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2023. Jittery Democrats seeking to hold onto Senate seats are watching the drama over Biden nervously. Even candidates who seem to be in a strong position are walking a fine line between loyalty to the president and their own political survival. Tester has offered little public support for the president since the debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FILE - Former President Barack Obama speaks in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

FILE - Former President Barack Obama speaks in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, July 16, 2024. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for Biden to reconsider his election bid. Former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden's candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn't step away from the race. Biden says he's not dropping out believing he's best to beat the Republican Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, July 16, 2024. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for Biden to reconsider his election bid. Former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden's candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn't step away from the race. Biden says he's not dropping out believing he's best to beat the Republican Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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