BOSTON — Adam Jones’ second run-scoring hit of the night broke a seventh-inning tie, and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday at Fenway Park.
With two out in a 2-2 game in the seventh, Manny Machado singled off Red Sox right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who entered in the sixth in relief of Alfredo Aceves. Left-hander Andrew Miller replaced Mortensen and walked Nick Markakis.
Right-hander Koji Uehara, who had been perfect in his three previous appearances this season, entered and gave up a first-pitch RBI double to Jones, scoring Machado and giving Baltimore a 3-2 lead.
Right-hander Jim Johnson, who entered the game tied for the American League lead in saves, earned his fourth. He struck out two while allowing one hit in the ninth.
Brian Matusz (1-0) earned the win. He went two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits with two strikeouts.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman held the Red Sox to two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Mortensen (0-1) gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Boston’s Alfredo Aceves made his first start of the season, taking the rotation spot of John Lackey, who is on the disabled list due to a right biceps strain. Aceves pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. He threw 79 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was selected the American League player of the week for the first week of the season, continued his hot hitting. His solo home run on a 3-0 fastball in the second inning gave Baltimore an early lead.
However, the Red Sox touched up Tillman in the third. With two outs, Dustin Pedroia’s single scored Stephen Drew, and Mike Napoli’s nine-pitch at-bat ended with single to left, scoring Shane Victorino, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Jones tied the score in the fifth with a two-out single, scoring Machado.
NOTES: Machado was thrown out trying to stretch a double to right field into a triple in the first inning. … With his third-inning RBI single, Pedroia has reached base safely in all nine of the Red Sox games this season. It is the longest such streak of his career to start a season. … With his second-inning solo homer, Davis became the seventh player, and third left-handed batter, to record a home run in six of his team’s first nine games of a season. … Jones’ RBI single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Ortiz begins rehab assignment
Red Sox DH David Ortiz began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, his first game action since experiencing difficulty with his surgically-repaired Achilles during the spring.
Ortiz was schedule to bat third and get four to five at-bats during the PawSox’s home opener against the Rochester Red Wings. He struck out in his first at-bat.
Ortiz didn’t report any issues this week during extended spring training games and, barring any setbacks, could rejoin the Red Sox as early as next week. Manager John Farrell said the timetable will be up to Ortiz himself.
“His return date to us is still uncertain at this point,” Farrell said on Wednesday, according to NESN. “That’s going to depend on David and how comfortable he feels in the box with his timing.
Ortiz played in 90 games for Boston last season, batting .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI in 324 at-bats.
Nationals 7, White Sox 4
At Washington, D.C., Dan Haren rebounded from his disastrous Washington debut to pitch five solid innings and Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each drove in two runs as the Nationals finished a three-game sweep of visiting Chicago.
Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had two hits and scored twice for Washington, which improved to 6-0 at home. Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger each had two hits and drove in a run for the White Sox.
Things fell apart in the fourth for White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod (0-1), who allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
After allowing a one-out double to Haren and a two-out single to Werth to put runners at the corners, Axelrod uncorked a wild pitch to score Haren and give Washington a 4-3 lead. Axelrod then intentionally walked Harper, and Zimmerman followed with a two-run double to right to break it open.
Haren (1-1) struck out five and allowed three runs on 10 hits to atone for a debut in which he allowed four home runs against the Reds. Rafael Soriano worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his fifth save.