BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox have played – and won -- so many extra-inning games this year, they have resorted to inventing creative ways to end them.
On Tuesday night, they scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever Brad Brach, giving the Sox a 1-0 win in 11 innings. The victory was Boston’s 15th in 18 extra-inning games this season.
The Sox loaded the bases in the 11th when Brach’s first pitch to Mitch Moreland skipped in the dirt and got past catcher Wellington Castillo.
After scoring 10 runs Monday night, the Red Sox were held scoreless through the first nine, mostly by starter Kevin Gausman. Gausman surrendered just three hits – all singles and issued only one walk in eight dominant innings.
The Sox didn’t collect a hit until Rafael Devers drove a single into right with two out in the fifth. Their best chance before extra innings came in the ninth when Andrew Benintendi lashed a double into the right field corner off reliever Darren O’Day. But Mookie Betts and Moreland hit harmless flyballs and Benintendi was stranded in scoring position.
Drew Pomeranz turned in one of his strongest starts of the season, blanking the Orioles over 6.1 innings, allowing just five hits along the way. The Orioles got two runners in scoring position against the lefty, who pitched into the seventh for the seventh time in 30 starts this season.
Benintendi turned in the night’s two big defensive plays by the Boston outfield. With Manny Machado on second and two out, Jonathan Schoop singled to left and Machado headed to the plate. But Benintendi made a strong, on-target throw and Machado was easily tagged out, giving Benintendi a team-best 10 assists from the outfield.
WHO: Red Sox (86-64) vs Baltimore Orioles (73-78)
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM)
PITCHERS: Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28) vs. Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.83)
BOX SCORE: MLB Gameday
SERIES TO DATE: This is the second game of the final series between the two teams. Monday’s Red Sox win snapped a three-game Orioles winning streak between the clubs. Baltimore has already clinched the season series, having won 10-of-17. The series continues through Wednesday in this, the next-to-last road series of the season for the Sox.