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Napoli, Ortiz power Boston Red Sox past Orioles


The Boston Red Sox earned their first victory of 2014 on Wedneday night at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Behind a pair of two-run homers off the bats of David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, and John Lackey‘s stellar season debut, the Red Sox defeated the Orioles by a score of 6-2.

Boston scratched out 10 hits on the evening. Ortiz got the ball rolling in the third inning when he smashed a monstrous two-run homer to right. His big fly put the Sox on top 2-0. The Orioles then followed up in the fourth inning, tieing the game when Nelson Cruz belted a two-run blast of his own.

But it was Napoli who single-handedly made the difference in the contest. Boston’s first baseman went 2-for-5 and drove in four runs. Napoli clubbed a two-run dinger to dead center in the fifth. He also smacked a single to left in the seventh that plated two, extending the lead even more.

Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara came on in relief of John Lackey, who tossed six innings. Lackey struck out six and only allowed two runs on three hits in earning his first win of the year. Boston’s trio of relievers combined for three innings of scoreless ball.

Uehara closed out the game in the ninth in a non-save situation.

In his Orioles debut, Ubaldo Jimenez lasted six innings. He yielded five hits that resulted in four runs. Ryan Webb was tagged for the additional two runs.

Felix Doubront will take the ball for Boston on Thursday in the final game of their three game set opposite the Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen will counter for Baltimore.

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