The Boston Red Sox won the rubber game of their three games series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday night, 4-3. The Red Sox benefited from dominant relief pitching. Felix Doubront threw the ball decently, while timely hitting propelled Boston to their first series win of the season.
Xander Boagaerts continues to build upon his hot start, as he belted out three hits and scored two runs. The 21-year-old shortstop appears to be at ease now that he’s settled into a starting role with the club. Boagaerts’ three hit night marked the first of his career.
David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr. also came through offensively. Each player recorded multi-hit games. Both Ortiz and Bradley Jr. drove in runs. David Ross, in his first start of the season at catcher, also added an RBI.
Boston’s lineup totaled 14 hits and will bring some hot bats home for their Fenway opener.
Doubront lasted five and a third innings. He allowed three runs on six hits. He was by no means dominant, but effective. Boston’s bullpen was lights out in coming on to record the final 11 outs of the game.
Chris Davis belted his first homer of the season for the Orioles in the loss.
Brandon Workman, Chris Capuano and Junichi Tazawa held Baltimore’s lineup scoreless. Koji Uehara was called upon to close out the game. He did so in impressive fashion, retiring the Orioles one, two, three in the ninth.