BALTIMORE — Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and former Deering High School of Portland star Ryan Flaherty each homered, and right-hander Bud Norris threw eight shutout innings as the Baltimore Orioles scored a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Camden Yards.
Jones, who was Baltimore’s designated hitter in this game, gave the Orioles the lead for good with his first-inning shot. He also singled in the fourth and fifth innings and finished 3-for-4.
Right fielder Markakis ended up 2-for-4, with his big hit being the two-run homer in the fifth that gave the Orioles (32-30) a three-run lead against Boston starter Jake Peavy (1-4).
Second baseman Flaherty added a solo shot off Peavy in the seventh to make it 4-0.
Peavy gave up four runs on eight hits in his seven innings and pitched well enough, striking out seven with just one walk. The veteran right-hander just could not match Norris (5-5) on this night.
The Baltimore starter gave up only three hits in his eight innings and allowed the Red Sox (28-35) to get a runner into scoring position just twice in a dominating performance. He struck out six and walked three.
Norris now has won two in a row and three of his last four starts. Right-hander Tommy Hunter finished the game in the ninth, his first appearance since coming off the disabled list (groin) on Sunday.
The Orioles took a quick 1-0 lead when Jones belted a solo homer to center off Peavy in the first inning. Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a leadoff single earlier in the inning, but he was erased when third baseman Manny Machado grounded into a double play.
Boston left fielder Brock Holt singled to start the game, but Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph threw him out on a steal attempt, and Norris retired the next 13 Boston hitters.
The Red Sox didn’t get another baserunner until right fielder Daniel Nava doubled with two outs in the fifth. Norris then got center fielder Grady Sizemore to ground back to him, ending the inning.
The Orioles stretched the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Markakis lined a two-run homer to right. Flaherty, who had singled, also scored on the blast.
NOTES: The Orioles were still waiting for word from MLB if 3B Manny Machado would be suspended for Sunday’s incident with the A’s. Machado swung and appeared to fling his bat after the second of two close pitches from Oakland LHP Fernando Abad. Machado apologized on MASN television Monday. …Baltimore recalled RHP Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk and demoted RHP Brad Brach to the same club. … Red Sox manager John Farrell said he wanted to give OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. a breather, so he held him out of the starting lineup. … Boston SS Stephen Drew has some soreness and tightness in the right oblique, prompting Farrell to leave him out of the starting lineup.
Pirates 6, Cubs 2
Andrew McCutchen homered and knocked in three runs and Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings as host Pittsburgh took the opener of a four-game series from Chicago.
Ike Davis also homered and Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Pirates, who have won five of seven meetings this season. Morton (3-7) struck out seven and limited the Cubs to one run on six hits without walking a batter for the first time this season.
Edwin Jackson (4-6) struck out eight but allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings to take the loss. Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs for the Cubs, who have lost two straight following a season-best five-game winning streak.
Marte got the Pirates on the board in the second, ripping an RBI double into the left-field corner to score Pedro Alvarez. McCutchen poked a two-run shot down the right-field line an inning later to make it 3-0 and narrowly missed another opposite-field blast in the fifth, driving in a run with a double off the wall in right.
The Cubs broke through on Castro’s run-scoring double to right in the sixth, but Morton struck out Luis Valbuena to strand Castro and Chicago didn’t threaten again until Castro’s homer leading off the ninth. Davis led off the eighth with a solo blast to center and Alvarez and Marte followed with back-to-back doubles to tack on another run.