August 16, 2016

G118: Red Sox 5, Orioles 3

Red Sox - 000 030 020 - 5  7  0
Orioles - 000 000 300 - 3  4  0
Mookie Betts mashed two home runs and drove in all five of Boston's runs. Betts now leads the team with 28 dongs. Betts has 14 RBI in his last four games. And the Red Sox have won five in a row.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-0-0-2-7, 62) was superb, but he left the game two pitches into the fifth inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Matt Barnes kept the no-hit bid going into the seventh inning, when the Orioles ended up tying the game.

Betts actually had come up with the bases loaded in the third inning and flied to right. He made amends in the fifth. Andrew Benintendi doubled off the wall in right and Xander Bogaerts walked. David Ortiz struck out for the second out and Betts drilled the first pitch to left for three runs.

Baltimore batted around in the seventh. Barnes got the first out, but allowed a walk and a single. Fernando Abad came in and issued a walk to load the bases and then a two-run single. (In his short time with the Red Sox, Abad has permitted six of seven inherited runners to score.) Brad Ziegler was next and he ended up walking in a run, tying the game.

Boston took the lead back immediately. Ortiz singled to right and Betts homered into the second row of seats in left, just far enough to push the score to 5-3.

Ziegler surrendered a single to start the bottom of the eighth, but got a double play. After he hit a batter, Robbie Ross came in to strike out Chris Davis. Craig Kimbrel breezed through the ninth, with a strikeout, a fly to right, and a grounder to third.

Rodriguez issued only a two-out walk in the second inning through four frames. He struck out the side in the fourth. In the fifth, he threw two balls to Steve Pearce before coming out of the game.
Eduardo Rodriguez / Yovani Gallardo
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Betts, RF
Bradley, CF
Hill, 3B Leon, C
Shaw, 1B
Leon, C Holt, 3B
Benintendi, LF
            W   L   PCT    GB   RUNDIFF
Orioles    66  51  .564   ---    +  38
Blue Jays  67  52  .563   ---    +  87
Red Sox    65  52  .556   1.0    + 104
Yankees    61  57  .517   5.5    -  29
Rays       48  69  .410  18.0    -  36
Also: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 PM

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