Red Sox Extend Win Streak To 5, Beat Orioles 6-4 in 10
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rafael Devers homered and the Boston Red Sox scored twice in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Christian Vázquez to extend their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.
Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini hit his first home run since his return from cancer surgery that caused him to miss the 2020 season. It was Mancini's first homer since Sept. 28, 2019.
The Orioles scored twice in the eighth to take a 4-3 lead on a fielder's choice by Maikel Franco and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis off Adam Ottavino. Boston tied it in the ninth on a fielder's choice by Bobby Dalbec against César Valdez, who had converted his two previous save chances.
Michael Chavis, recalled from the alternate training site earlier in the day, entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th and scored on a low pitch by Dillon Tate (0-1) that rolled to the backstop. Vázquez added an insurance run with a single off Wade LeBlanc.
Matt Barnes (1-0) struck out two in the ninth and Matt Andriese earned Boston's first save of the season.
Devers had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five consecutive games for the first time since August 2019.
The Orioles were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the first. Devers hit an RBI single and then got picked off first, but stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Xander Bogaerts to score from second.
Mancini and Anthony Santander responded with back-to-back homers off Garrett Richards in the bottom half.
Devers broke the deadlock with a towering homer to right-center off rookie left-hander Bruce Zimmermann in the sixth.
Zimmermann, a Maryland native who grew up rooting for the Orioles, made his third career start, but it was his first game at Camden Yards with fans in attendance (9,307). Zimmermann allowed three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk over six innings.
Red Sox: DH/OF J.D. Martinez has cold symptoms and was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Martinez underwent testing and the team is awaiting the results. "We do believe he will be back with us (Sunday)," manager Alex Cora said.
Orioles: OF DJ Stewart (left hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day IL. He has not played since March 5. "I was worried it was going to be a lot longer," Stewart said before the game.
Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first career start at Camden Yards. He was solid in his season debut, throwing five scoreless innings of two-hit ball in an 11-2 win over the Rays on Monday.
Orioles: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-1) will look to avoid the sweep against Boston. He struggled in his last start, allowing four runs, three hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-0 loss to the Yankees.
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