The Red Sox dismantled the Orioles by a final score of 8-1 Tuesday, with much of the scoring coming in the final innings of the game. Drew Pomeranz pitched a gem, posting 6+ four-hit, one-run innings, walking one and K’ing 6. Drew collected his first Fenway Park win since being acquired from San Diego last summer.
Boston struck first, with sac flies by Pablo Sandoval and Dustin Pedroia, and the Orioles grabbed a run in the top of the 7th to bring the score to 2-1, but that was as close as it got. Baltimore’s defense fell apart in the 7th and 8th, with 2 errors and several misplays on balls that should have been fielded cleanly, but won’t show up in the box scores.
The Red Sox capitalized on these mistakes, stretching the lead to 8-1 without a single home run, and the bullpen held strong to preserve the victory. Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple, and Dustin Pedroia tallied 4 RBI’s in the win, while the pitching was stellar.
O’s starter Dylan Bundy held his own for much of the game, allowing 3 earned runs and lasting 6.1 innings, but he was lifted for Darren O’Day in the last of the seventh inning after walking Pablo Sandoval, and the wheels fell off. O’Day and fellow Baltimore righty Oliver Drake combined to allow 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk in an inning and two-thirds, sealing the win for the Red Sox and dropping the Orioles to 4-2, while the Sox jump up to 4-3, half a game back of the AL East lead in the early going.
Red Sox Notes:
The Red Sox will go 159-3.
Next Game; Wednesday, 7:10 P.M., vs Orioles.
Pitching: Steven Wright for the Sox, and Ubaldo Jimenez for Baltimore.