BALTIMORE — Designated hitter David Ortiz and shortstop Xander Bogaerts paced a 14-hit Boston attack with three hits apiece, and the Red Sox scored a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
Ortiz (3-for-5) and Bogaerts (3-for-4) both finished with three singles apiece. Ortiz also drove in a run in the third, while Bogaerts scored in the second and fourth as Boston (2-1) took an early 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox pounded Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) for four runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Eight Boston starters got hits as Baltimore pitchers never retired the Red Sox in order. Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. each added two hits.
Boston left-hander Felix Doubront (1-0) went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
Right-hander Brandon Workman relieved him in the sixth, and he threw a wild pitch that let Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis score later in the inning to make it 4-3.
The Boston bullpen finished the job. Right-hander Junichi Tazawa escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth, and closer Koji Uehara celebrated his 39th birthday by throwing a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Catcher Matt Wieters led the Orioles (1-2) with three hits, including an RBI double. Right fielder Nick Markakis and Davis each finished with two hits.
Boston took a 1-0 lead in the second. Bogaerts led off with a single and went to third when right fielder Daniel Nava followed with a single. Middlebrooks then grounded into a double play, scoring Bogaerts.
Ortiz made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the third. Ortiz blooped a ball that Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz raced in and dived for, but the ball got past him by a few feet. Bradley scored all the way from first because he was running hard with two outs.
The Red Sox kept added another run in the fourth on an RBI single from catcher David Ross.
Baltimore answered with two in the bottom half of the fourth. Wieters lined a run-scoring double to right, and designated hitter Delmon Young followed with an RBI single. That cut Boston’s lead to 3-2.
NOTES: Baltimore CF Adam Jones, SS J.J. Hardy and 1B Chris Davis received their 2013 Silver Slugger Awards before the game. That was the most Silver Sluggers the Orioles earned in one season. … Davis collected his first hit of the season, a double to center in the fourth. He missed a home run by a few feet. … Boston LF Jonny Gomes batted in the leadoff spot for the first time since 2007. He started the game with a single to right. … The Red Sox will open their home season and get their World Series championship rings Friday before an afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers. … The Orioles play the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.
Yankees’ Tanaka prepares for Friday debut
HOUSTON — After right-hander Hiroki Kuroda opened his third season as a Yankee with another quality start, albeit in a 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, attention now shifts to New York’s other Japanese pitcher.
Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will depart for Toronto on Thursday in advance of his Friday night start against the Blue Jays that will serve as his major league debut. Tanaka and Kuroda are the first pair of Japanese-born pitchers in the same rotation since Hideo Nomo and Kazuhisa Ishii pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004.
Tanaka arrived in the Bronx with much fanfare, so his first start, even two days out, is the source of significant interest. How he manages the emotions surrounding his debut will be watched closely.
“I feel that (the level of excitement is) getting up there,” Tanaka said Wednesday through an interpreter. “We got through Opening Day yesterday, so definitely it’s getting up there.
“I’m sure that I will be amped up a little bit, but not to the point where I’m worried about that.”
After signing a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees during the offseason, Tanaka pitched effectively during spring training, finishing 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA over five appearances (three starts). In 21 innings, Tanaka issued just three walks and struck out 26.
Given all the hype that accompanied his signing and spring appearances, one can only imagine what awaits Tanaka in Toronto.
“I feel honored that I’m getting this sort of attention,” Tanaka said, “but for me it’s just going up on the mound and getting outs.