June 19, 2018
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Orioles rally by struggling Sox for victory in 12th

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Left fielder David Lough started the 12th inning with a triple, and shortstop J.J. Hardy followed with a tiebreaking single that gave the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Lough began the 12th with a shot off Edward Mujica (2-4) that rolled all the way to the wall in center. Hardy then singled through the drawn-in Boston infield for his third RBI in the game.

Closer Zach Britton threw the bottom of the 12th and recorded his 14th save as the first-place Orioles remained on top in the American League East. The second out came when designated hitter David Ortiz lined a shot off the Green Monster and tried for two, but Lough easily gunned him down at second base.

Brad Brach (4-0) got the win after throwing three scoreless innings in relief — the ninth, 10th and 11. He struck out four and got his second win of the series. The Baltimore pitchers struck out 16 in the game despite allowing up 15 hits.

The Orioles (48-40) won two of three in the weekend series, improving to 6-1 over the past week. The Red Sox (39-49) fell for the fifth time in six games.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6, and Hardy, right fielder Nick Markakis, center fielder Adam Jones, third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Ryan Flaherty added two hits apiece for Baltimore.

Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia collected two hits, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and third baseman Xander Bogaerts each had two hits.

Baltimore’s bullpen, so effective in recent games, couldn’t hold a big late-game lead.

Down 6-1, the Red Sox tied the game with a seventh-inning rally against four Baltimore pitchers.

Catcher David Ross hit a solo homer off T.J. McFarland, and Bogaerts, left fielder Daniel Nava added run-scoring singles off Ryan Webb. The only batter Brian Matusz faced, Ortiz, collected a run-scoring single. Tommy Hunter entered for Baltimore, and first baseman Mike Napoli promptly hit a game-tying single to left.

Ahead 2-1 when Boston starter Jake Peavy exited after six innings, the Orioles added four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Peavy allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three. Over his past 13 starts, Peavy is 0-7 with a 5.33 ERA. His lone win of the season came on April 25 at Toronto.

Boston trailed 2-0 before Ortiz hit an RBI single in the sixth to slice the lead in half.

In the top of the seventh, first baseman Steve Pearce led off with an infield single against reliever Burke Badenhop, and Pearce went to second on Jones’ hit. Cruz’s single to center drove in a run, with Jones stopping at second. Both runners moved up on left fielder Delmon Young’s flyout to right.

Junichi Tazawa replaced Badenhop, and Hardy greeted him with a two-run single. Machado added a base hit, and Flaherty followed with a single to right that scored Hardy for a 6-1 lead.

Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

On Saturday, the Orioles took the second game of a day-night doubleheader 7-4 after the Red Sox won the first game 3-2.

In the first game, pinch hitter Jonathan Herrera delivered a walk-off RBI single to give the Red Sox the win.

Jonny Gomes led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit infield single before he was bunted to second by David Ross. Herrera, hitting for Jackie Bradley Jr., dumped a broken-bat base hit into shallow right field and Gomes slid home well ahead of the throw to snap a three-game slide for the Red Sox.

Jon Lester allowed only two unearned runs and struck out seven in eight stellar innings and Stephen Drew had a solo homer for Boston, his first of the year. Miguel Gonzalez yielded two runs (one earned) in eight innings for Baltimore before T.J. McFarland (1-2) came on in the ninth and took the loss.

Drew started the scoring with a shot into the Baltimore bullpen in right in the bottom of the second and Bradley doubled and scored on an error later in the frame to make it 2-0.

In the second game, Nelson Cruz homered and doubled twice among a career-high five hits as the Orioles prevailed.

Nick Hundley belted a two-run homer and Steve Pearce recorded two hits and an RBI as the Orioles recorded 16 hits in winning for the fifth time in six games. Cruz, whose home run tied him for the major-league lead with 27, was thrown out in the eighth attempting to stretch a double into a triple and complete the cycle.

Stephen Drew homered for the second time in the doubleheader to pace the Red Sox. John Lackey (9-6) tied a season high with 11 strikeouts and walked just one but was charged with five runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.


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