The Red Sox survived an eighth inning scare and beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 at Camden Yards, tacking on two important insurance runs with some help from the Orioles bullpen in the top of the ninth.
Ryan Brasier, entrusted with a three-run lead, gave up two in the bottom of the eighth and needed Matt Barnes to bail him out a jam that saw the O's put the potential tying run on third base.
The first six Red Sox runs all came via homers. J.D Martinez hit a two-run shot in the first, Xander Bogaerts added a solo homer in the fourth and Mitch Moreland hit a three-run belt in the fifth to put the Sox ahead to stay.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
WHEN: 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Orioles 3-2
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Hector Velazquez (0-2, 3.72) vs. RHP David Hess (1-4, 5.34)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93. 7 FM
9:46 For the second time on this trip, Ryan Brasier ineffective. He gave up a three-run homer in Chicago to blow a 3-2 lead in the road trip opener and he surrenders two runs on three hits in the eighth, forcing Matt Barnes into the game with two down.
9:31 Workman's amazing season continues. He retires the side in order and has now allowed just two hits in 49 at-bats for a batting average of .041.
9:14 Three outs, and two of them the result of spectacular diving plays from the Red Sox outfield -- first, Bradley came racing in to grab a sinking liner by Ruiz. Then, two outs later, Betts goes into the right-center gap and lays out to take extra bases away from Wilkerson.
8:45 Sox have hit nine homers in the last six games on this road trip.
8:43 Mitch Moreland goes the other way and belts a three-run homer to put the Sox back up by three. Fifteen of his 23 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
8:32 Marcus Walden, who had been scored against in just one of his first 15 appearances, leaves a sinker up to Hanser Alberto, who cranks one into the Orioles bullpen to tie the game. Second homer allowed by Walden this season.
8:21 Terrific play by Chris Davis at first to cut down a grounder by Vazquez, but with Davis sprawled and feeding the second baseman behind his back, how does Devers not score from third there?
8:18 Tells you how Bradley's going that the Sox have him bunting with the No. 9 hitter due next.
8:10 Xander Bogaerts extends his arms a bit and smashes a fastball on the outer half over the center field fence. That's his third homer on the road trip.
8:07 Efficient inning by Velazquez, who needed just 10 pitches. Seems positioned to get through at least four innings; to date, his longest start has been 3.1 innings this season.
7:44 Traditionally, no good comes from walking the No. 9 hitter on four pitches...
7:25 Red Sox' 2-0 lead doesn't last long -- Rio Ruiz get an inside pitch and powers it into the first row of the seats in RF.
7:20 Just a thought: Martinez has traditionally hit his homers in bunches. Wouldn't be a big surprise if he want on a little run here, especially given the ballpark.
7:14 That was Martinez's 200th career homer; he had gone 62 at-bats since his last homer.
7:11 Hess mislocates with a two-seamer and J.D. Martinez turns on a pitch down and in and hits it out to the Sox bullpen in left- center, scoring Betts (walk) ahead of him.