Friday, April 23, 2010
Quick hits: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- Some quick hits on Red Sox 4, Orioles 3:
-- The Red Sox, after losing a 3-0 lead, scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Beltre, who walked only 19 times in 477 plate appearances last season but walked twice Friday night.
-- Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourth save, the game ending on a strikeout of former Sox shortstop Julio Lugo while the crowd derisively chanted his name.
-- David Ortiz, back in the lineup as Red Sox DH after sitting out the last two games, hit his first home run of the season in the second inning off Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. It came on his 42d at-bat of the season, and landed in the Monster seats in left-center field. Last year, Ortiz did not hit his first home run until May 20. (Read more on Ortiz here)
-- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who has never lost to the Orioles (10-0 in 12 career starts prior to Friday night), left in the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead but turned over a bases-loaded situation to Daniel Bard, who retired Garrett Atkins on a fly to center to end the threat. “With the game on the line, we went to Bard,’’ manager Terry Francona said.
An inning later, Adam Jones hit a two-run home run off Bard, and the Orioles tied it in the eighth after a lead-off double by Matt Wieters off Hideki Okajima, a walk and a couple of ground balls off Manny Delcarmen.
-- Lester walked four and struck out seven, and did not get a decision. He had thrown 113 pitches at the time he was pulled. He walked three batters in each of his first three starts; he walked as many as four just once last season.
-- The Red Sox, who had allowed 36 steals in 37 chances, were credited with their second caught stealing when Lester caught Cesar Izturis leaning in the fifth. The Orioles, who came into the game with just three stolen bases, stole successfully once Friday night -- Lou Montanez credited with his first steal of the season in the seventh.
-- The Orioles are now 2-15, the worst record in baseball, and are 27-65 on the road since the start of the 2009 season. The Sox were 16-2 against the Orioles last season.
Baltimore was victimized by a brutal call in the eighth when Beltre’s throw to second on Garrett Atkins’ bunt clearly pulled Dustin Pedroia off the bag, but Nolan Reimold was called out. Instead of having the bases loaded with no outs, the Orioles had runners on the corners with just one out, and only got a run out of it.
-- Bill Hall, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter, made the night’s biggest defensive play when he barehanded a ball off the Monster and threw Nick Markakis out at second as he tried to stretch a single into a double.
-- The night’s most spectacular play was Beltre throwing out Cesar Izturis on a swinging bunt to open the seventh, after his signature barehanded pickup.