American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Boston, Game One|
(Saturday, July 5)
Final Score: Boston 3, Baltimore 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Herrera drove in the deciding run
with a broken-bat pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the
Boston Red Sox took game one of a doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles by a
Herrera's one-out hit off T.J. McFarland (1-2) brought home Jonny Gomes, who
opened Boston's half of the ninth with an infield single and was pushed to
second on David Ross' sacrifice bunt.
Stephen Drew had a solo homer earlier for Boston, which began its current 11-
game homestand with three straight losses to the NL Central cellar-dwelling
Chicago Cubs. Jon Lester turned in eight excellent innings in a no-decision,
permitting just two unearned runs on five hits and fanning seven without a
Koji Uehara (4-2) struck out two in a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to record the
Miguel Gonzalez matched Lester throughout the afternoon, yielding two runs --
one earned -- and striking out six over a season-best eight innings of work.
"It's a good feeling to go a little bit longer than I've been going," said
Gonzalez. "Command was good. Overall, we playd a good game."
Gonzalez gave up both of his runs in the second inning and Lester was reached
for two in the third -- each coming on a two-out error by Red Sox third
baseman Xander Bogaerts. The two starters were stellar from that point on,
though, as neither team mounted much of a scoring threat until Boston's final
Gomes greeted McFarland by legging out a bouncer to short before Ross moved
him into scoring range to bring up Herrera, who fought off an inside pitch for
a jam-shot that fell over the head of O's second baseman Jonathan Schoop and
enabled Gomes to slide home safely.
Lester put Boston in position to end its skid -- and halt Baltimore's four-
game win streak -- by not allowing an extra-base hit in a mostly dominant
He was let down twice by his defense in the third inning, as the Orioles'
Delmon Young reached on a throwing error by Dustin Pedroia to open the frame
prior to advancing a base on a Caleb Joseph single. Lester set down the next
two hitters, but Bogaerts botched Steve Pearce's grounder as both Young and
Joseph crossed the plate to pull Baltimore even at 2-2.
An Orioles' error an inning earlier helped stake the Red Sox to a two-run
advantage, after Drew put Boston in front with his first homer since re-
signing with the club in May.
Jackie Bradley Jr. laced a double two batters following Drew's shot, then
later came around when Schoop threw wildly to first after fielding Brock
Holt's two-out infield hit.
Gonzalez allowed just two more hits over the remainder of his stint, retiring
14-of-16 batters between the third and seventh innings.
Lester has pitched to an 0.96 ERA over his last five starts, allowing just
four earned runs in 37 2/3 innings during that stretch ... Bogaerts finished
0-for-4 and is now hitless in 27 consecutive at-bats ... Joseph had two of
Baltimore's five hits ... Twelve of the 14 home runs Gonzalez has allowed this
season have been solo shots.
07/06 02:11:41 ET