BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Santander hit a game-breaking ninth-inning single and also hit a two-run homer, helping the Baltimore Orioles overcome a pair of six-run deficits to beat the Bostonians. Red Sox 12-8 Friday evening.
Baltimore trailed 8-2 before Jorge Mateo hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Austin Hays added a two-run shot in the eighth. The Orioles also capitalized on a throwing error by third baseman Rafael Devers for the tying run in the eighth.
Santander’s single off Matt Strahm (2-2) fell just past sliding right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., allowing Cedric Mullins to score. Mullins started the inning with a single, then took third on Trey Mancini’s single with a smooth slide around Devers’ tag attempt.
The Orioles racked up three more runs in the ninth and Jorge Lopez didn’t allow a runner in the bottom half. Baltimore’s bullpen limited Boston to one hit after the fifth inning.
Boston fans booed as the Orioles celebrated. Baltimore beat the Red Sox 15-14 to open the five-game series.
Santander also hit a two-run homer in the fourth, Baltimore’s first hit of the night after Boston took a 6-0 lead against starter Kyle Bradish. Santander’s eighth homer of the season represented the only runs allowed by Garrett Whitlock, who delivered six solid innings before Boston’s bullpen collapsed.
Cionel Perez (3-0) picked up the win with a pitch, popup from Christian Arroyo that ended the eighth inning.
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning for Boston, and the Red Sox scored two more runs in the second. Whitlock was strong for six innings but was replaced in the seventh inning by Jake Diekmen, who allowed a single and walked a batter before Mateo’s left-hand homer pulled Baltimore up 8-5.
John Schreiber came out of the bullpen for the eighth and didn’t do much better. Hays’ two-run homer bounced off a scoreboard above the Green Monster seats and took Baltimore to a run. A throwing error by Devers on Ramón Urías’ single allowed the tying run to cross.
Trevor Story, who entered Friday with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in his previous seven games, was Boston’s only hitter without a hit on Friday. Story reached base in the eighth when reliever Dillon Tate hit him in the helmet as he tried to get out of the way. JD Martinez and Bogaerts were also hit by high fastballs, but neither appeared injured.
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was back at Fenway Park for his first of two Hall of Fame inductions this summer. Ortiz headlined the Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2020 in a ceremony that was delayed two years by the pandemic.
Ortiz will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July. He was joined in the 2020 Red Sox class by former Boston wide receiver Rich Gedman, former general manager Dan Duquette, the late Bill Dinneen and Manny Ramirez, who was not at the ceremony.
Orioles: IF prospect Jahmai Jones had Tommy John surgery on Friday, a procedure that ended this season for Jones and possibly part of 2023, manager Brandon Hyde said. Jones was batting .212 with two homers for Triple-A Norfolk before heading to IL earlier this month with a sore right elbow.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (rib stress fracture) kicked off three bullpen sessions this week and could kick off a sham game or batting practice as early as next week, manager Alex Cora said. Cora said Sale could potentially begin a minor league rehab assignment in early June.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.10 ERA) is set to start the Red Sox opener in a doubleheader on Saturday. Hyde said he would likely go with RHP Jordan Lyles (3-4, 4.10) in Game 1 and find a starter to pitch the first innings in the last drink. Boston planned to call RHP Josh Winckowski to start the evening game in his major league debut.
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