May 25, 2018
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Boston’s Workman shuts down Orioles, but Flaherty ends no-hit bid

Joy R. Absalon | USA Today Sports
Joy R. Absalon | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman (67) throws in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore Tuesday night.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BALTIMORE — Brandon Workman waited through a pair of rain delays and dominated over 6 2/3 innings to outduel Chris Tillman as the Boston Red Sox evened the series with the Baltimore Orioles at one game apiece with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night.

Workman (1-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up allowing one single and walking one to earn his first win. Mike Napoli drove in the lone run and Brock Holt recorded a pair of hits and scored a run for the Red Sox, who won for just the second time in eight games.

Tillman (5-3) allowed one run on seven hits and three walks for the Orioles in a contest that twice was stopped due to rain in the first two innings, with the second delay going well over an hour. Former Deering High School of Portland star Ryan Flaherty broke up Workman’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth for Baltimore.

Holt singled to center leading off the third and moved up on a walk before Napoli ripped a two-out single to right to put Boston on top. The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but Tillman struck out Holt and got Xander Bogaerts to ground into a double play to keep it a one-run deficit.

Nelson Cruz was the was the first baserunner for the Orioles after drawing a one-out walk in the fifth but was doubled off on a pop out as Workman faced the minimum through 5 2/3 frames. Andrew Miller got the final out of the seventh and Junichi Tazawa worked a scoreless eighth before Koji Uehara took care of the ninth for his 13th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Orioles 3B Manny Machado was suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing his bat in a game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. He is appealing the suspension. … Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (oblique) missed his second straight game and remains day-to-day. … Boston DH David Ortiz went 0-for-3 and is 11-for-75 since May 18.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0

Brian Dozier belted a two-run homer and Kevin Correia combined with three relievers on a seven-hit shutout as visiting Minnesota evened the three-game series at one win apiece.

Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kendrys Morales collected two hits and scored a run for the Twins, who have posted shutouts in each of their last two victories. Correia (3-7) allowed six singles and walked one en route to his second win in six decisions.

Dioner Navarro recorded two hits for the struggling Blue Jays, who have been blanked in three of their last four contests. J.A. Happ (5-3) yielded four runs — three earned — and six hits over 3 2/3 frames as he lost for the second time in six starts.

The Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two batters for the second straight game as Santana led off the first inning with a walk and Dozier followed with a shot to left field for his second homer in as many days. Santana and Dozier opened Monday’s series opener with back-to-back blasts.

Minnesota doubled the advantage in the fourth, loading the bases on two hits and a walk before Santana’s infield single plated Morales. Toronto third baseman Juan Francisco misplayed the ball, allowing another run to score and make it 4-0.

Cardinals 1, Rays 0

Matt Holliday belted a solo homer and Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings as visiting St. Louis recorded its third consecutive shutout and major league-best 13th of the season.

Wainwright (9-3) scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out a pair to win his 10th career interleague game in 15 decisions. Holliday hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth and two relievers bridged the gap to Trevor Rosenthal, who pitched 1 1/3 innings to notch his 17th save.

The Rays were shut out for the third straight game for the first time in their history and have not scored in 28 innings, surpassing the previous club record of 26 in 2002. Jake Odorizzi (2-7) was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run and three hits while striking out five over a career-high 7 1/3 frames.

Odorizzi retired the first 11 batters he faced before walking Holliday and did not give up a hit until Jhonny Peralta’s single with two outs in the fifth. Odorizzi set down the first two in the sixth before Holliday lifted a 1-2 changeup into the left-field seats for his first blast since May 27.

Kevin Kiermaier’s ground-rule double led off the eighth for the Rays against Pat Neshek and Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch before Sam Freeman came on to strike out James Loney and get Ben Zobrist on a liner to left field. Rosenthal entered and hit Jerry Sands to load the bases, but Matt Joyce popped up to end the threat.


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