American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Boston, Game Two|
(Saturday, July 5)
Final Score: Baltimore 7, Boston 4
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nelson Cruz had a career-high five hits and
clubbed his 27th home run of the season, as the Baltimore Orioles earned a
split of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by posting a
7-4 win Saturday night.
Cruz came close to completing the cycle, but was thrown out in his bid for a
triple in the eighth.
Nick Hundley added a two-run blast for the Orioles, who had a four-game win
streak snapped in the opener.
"Just grouped together a lot of good at-bats," Baltimore manager Buck
Showalter said about the offense.
It was a long but stellar night for the Baltimore bullpen, with five relievers
combining to toss 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Brad Brach (3-0) earned the win and Zach Britton picked up his 13th save with
a 1-2-3 ninth.
Starter Ubaldo Jimenez didn't allow a hit through the first three innings, but
couldn't complete the fourth. He gave up four runs on five hits in the frame
and finished with six walks.
Boston starter John Lackey (9-6) was tagged for five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3
innings. He absorbed the loss despite striking out 11.
"You've got to their guys a lot of credit. That's a tough lineup," Lackey
said. "I made a couple mistakes and they hit a couple balls out of the park."
The Red Sox scored a run in the ninth to win the opener 3-2.
Baltimore opened the scoring in the fourth on Hundley's home run, but Stephen
Drew quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning. He followed a leadoff
walk to Mike Napoli with his second home run of the day.
After striking out Jonny Gomes, Jimenez gave up four consecutive hits. Brock
Holt doubled home A.J. Pierzynski with the go-ahead run and scored on a Daniel
Nava single to make it 4-2.
The O's, however, rallied against Lackey. Cruz belted a solo homer in the
fifth before Baltimore put up a four-run sixth inning.
Burke Badenhop relieved Lackey with two men aboard and didn't retire a batter,
surrendering three singles. Steve Pearce knocked in Jonathan Schoop, Nick
Markakis scored after Nava misplayed Adam Jones' blooper to right field and
Cruz plated Pearce with an infield hit.
Jones came home on a force play at third to give Baltimore a three-run lead.
David Ortiz doubled in the fifth, tying Harry Hooper for seventh place on the
Red Sox's all-time hits list with 1,707 ... The Orioles were 3-for-11 with
runners in scoring position ... Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado returned
to the lineup for the nightcap after completing a five-game suspension for a
bat-tossing incident against Oakland on June 8.
07/06 01:24:43 ET