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Final: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

Xander Bogaerts drove in every run and David Price tossed seven scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0.

Bogaerts delivered the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, then added a three-run homer into the center field bleachers in the eight to provide the Sox with a cushion.

Price, meanwhile, turned in the best outing of the season for a Boston starter, allowing just three hits with no walks while fanning seven. It was the first outing of six or more scoreless innings from a Red Sox starter since Price's effort in the ALCS-clinching win in Houston last October.

It was also the second shutout of the season for the Red Sox pitching staff.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: Red Sox and Orioles have each won a game -- 7-6 Red Sox, Friday night; 9-5 Orioles on Sat.
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP David Price (0-1, 6.00) vs. LHP John Means (1-1, 2.08)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

3:52    Didn't think that ball had much of a chance off the bat, but it kept carrying and landed in the CF bleachers for a three-run HR for Bogaerts, providing much needed insurance.

3:46    Pearce hits for himself against the RHP Josh Lucas. Mitch Moreland available on the bench, and in any other situation, probably would have hit there. But with Benintendi out of the game and Bradley unavailable with the flu, Moreland is the last position player on the bench and Cora probably wants to hold somebody back for extra innings.

3:24   That's all for Price, who goes seven scoreless without walking anyone and allowing just three hits. Best start of the season for a Red Sox starter

3:02  Couldn't have been more routine, and yet Orioles SS Richie Martin throws wildly, allowing Pedroia to reach second and Pearce to go to the third.

2:31   Price through five shutout innings now, having allowed just two baserunners -- a second-inning single and a throwing error on the part of Devers. This start is every bit as good as Rodriguez's Friday night.

2:18   Deep sacrifice fly to the edges of the warning track for Xander Bogaerts, scoring Pearce from third easily and moving Martinez from second to third.

2:15  Almost effortless Wall double by Martinez, who flicks a ball to left. He's reached in all 16 games and hit safely in 15 of them.

2:08  Vazquez makes a bullet throw to third to catch Joey Rickard attempting to steal; he's 2-for-5 on baserunners this season.

2:00 Andrew Benintendi fouls a ball off his right foot, hard, needs a couple of minutes to recover. A few pitches later, stings a ball to left, and after initially looking like he was settling for a single, turned it on -- a little -- and got himself a double,

1:45 David Price retires the side in order for the third. He's allowed just one hit in the first three innings. This is only the third time this season that a Red Sox starter didn't allow a run in first three IP.

1:38 Sox blow a first-and-third, no out opportunity and come up empty.

1:36 Strange decision by third base coach Carlos Febles to not send J.D. Martinez on a flyball to medium RF. Mike Rikard's throw ended up being way off-line toward 1b dugout.

 

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