American League Game Summary - Boston at Baltimore|
(Wednesday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Boston 6, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and added
a two-run single, as the Boston Red Sox claimed a 6-2 victory over the
Baltimore Orioles in the middle test of a three-game series from Camden Yards.
David Ortiz added a two-run blast, while Dustin Pedroia finished 4-for-5 with
two runs scored for the Red Sox, who bounced back from a 2-1 loss in the
opener on Monday.
John Lackey (1-0) lasted six innings, giving up two runs on three hits while
fanning six for the win.
"His last outing of spring training was similar to tonight. I thought his
first three innings he was as good as we've seen him in any point of time,"
Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "They extended him in the fourth inning for
a 35-pitch inning, but he was able to finish out the later innings and turn it
over to the bullpen for three solid innings."
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run shot and J.J. Hardy collected two hits for the
Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) came up short in his Baltimore debut, charged in the loss
for five hits and four runs with six strikeouts and three walks over six full
"You always want to win, but it is part of the game. That is how it goes. I
still have 30 more games to go, so I have to be ready for my next start,"
Napoli restored Boston's two-run edge in the fifth, taking Jimenez deep to
center three batters after Daniel Nava was plunked to start the frame.
It was 6-2 for the Sox in the seventh. Nava singled, then moved to third on an
infield hit by Pedroia plus Ryan Flaherty's throwing error. An intentional
walk to Ortiz loaded the bases, then Nava and Pedroia scored when Napoli
followed with a base hit to left.
Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara kept that lead intact with three
scoreless relief innings.
The Sox picked up the game's first runs in the third, Pedroia reached on a
one-out single and scored when Ortiz launched a ball over the seats in right
Chris Davis walked with two down in the fourth, and came in when Cruz
deposited a pitch in an identical spot as the reigning World Series MVP.
Lackey improved to 14-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 24 career starts against Baltimore
... Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts both drew a pair of walks for the Red Sox ...
Jimenez was 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts last season with the Cleveland
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