04/19 15:49 CDT Holt's RBI triple helps Boston beat Orioles 4-2
Holt's RBI triple helps Boston beat Orioles 4-2
BOSTON (AP) --- Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and
scored on Jonathan Herrera's suicide squeeze, lifting the Boston Red Sox over
the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Saturday.
David Ortiz had a solo homer and two hits for the World Series champion Red
Sox, who have won three of four.
Nelson Cruz had a pair of run-scoring singles for the Orioles, who had a
three-game winning streak halted.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings of relief. Koji Uehara
struck out three after a leadoff walk for his fourth save.
The benches emptied briefly in the seventh after Bud Norris (0-2) threw high
and tight to David Ross, who was trying to sacrifice. Ross yelled something,
but Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stepped in between and both sides retreated to
Baltimore benefited from a challenge that overturned a call at first on what
would have been Cruz's inning-ending grounder in the sixth.
Holt tripled into the right-center field gap in the seventh after Mike Carp
drew a leadoff walk from Norris. Herrara then dropped down a bunt fouling off
on his first attempt.
Boston starter Felix Doubront retired 13 consecutive batters after giving up a
run in the first before Nick Markakis opened the sixth with a single. He was
erased when Delmon Young bounced into double play.
The Orioles then got runners on first and third when Cruz hit a grounder to
deep third. Holt made a throw from near the foul line. Cruz was called out by
first base umpire Ted Barrett. Manager Buck Showalter challenged his first call
of the season and it was overturned after a 49-second wait.
Ortiz's homer hooked around the Pesky Pole and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in
Doubront pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out
seven and walking two.
Cruz's RBI single made it 1-0 in the first.
Boston tied it in the bottom half when third baseman Jonathan Schoop misplayed
a probable inning-ending, double-play grounder.
The Orioles, who set a major league record for fewest errors last season (54)
and errorless games (119), have committed just four this season --- all of them
by a third baseman filling in for Gold Glove winner Manny Machado, who is
recovering from offseason left knee surgery.
NOTES: Red Sox rookie SS Xander Bogaerts got the day off. "He's played in every
game and after some long games and travel, he's being rested --- and it gives
us a chance to get another left-handed bat in there," Boston manager John
Farrell said. Switch-hitting Herrera started at short. ... Boston OF Shane
Victorino, on the 15-day since March 30 with a strained right hamstring, went 0
for 3 in his first rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The plan is
for him play Monday and Tuesday before being reevaluated. ... Showalter said
LHP Zach Britton was sick Friday night and not with the team, but he was back
Saturday. ... Machado played his first extended spring training game in
Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said he "played five innings and had four at-bats with
no problems." ... Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks, on the 15-day DL with a
strained right calf, worked out on the field before the game. "If he comes
through, he could be heading out somewhere (for a rehab ) Monday or Tuesday,"