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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1 (12) – Red Sox outlast O’s, reach .500

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Orioles, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Outfield to the rescue: In their own way, all three Red Sox outfielders made huge contributions to the win. Right fielder Mookie Betts hit a two-out solo homer in the third that was the only run the Red Sox scored until extra innings arrived and the only run scored by either team until the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the 12th, left fielder Andrew Benintendi provided the game-winner with a solo homer of his own -- this one to right field off Baltimore reliever Yefry Ramirez. But the most important contribution may have come from centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr, who was hitless (with a walk) in five plate appearance, but nonetheless saved the game for the Sox in the bottom of the 11th. Trey Mancini hammered a pitch from Ryan Brasier, and as soon as contact was made, Brasier hung his head, believing that Mancini had hit it well enough to end the game. And indeed he had, but Bradley raced over from almost 100 feet away, and timing his leap perfectly, reached way above the wall in left-center to bring the ball back from the Orioles bullpen. Mancini, who had rounded first believing that he had won the game, stopped dejectedly and tipped his helmet in appreciation.

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