Michael Chavis scored from third on a wild pitch and Christian Vazquez singled in another run in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the host Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Saturday night.
Boston has won five consecutive games after being swept by the Orioles in the season-opening series. Meanwhile, the Orioles have lost four of five since that sweep at Fenway.
Baltimore trailed 3-2 going into the eighth but tied it, then took the lead when Freddy Galvis singled in Ryan McKenna with one out.
Boston got it to 4-4 in the ninth as Marwin Gonzalez scored on a groundout by Bobby Dalbec.
Rafael Devers had a big game for the Red Sox as he hit a home run and had a hand in Boston’s first three runs.
Bruce Zimmermann, a native of the Baltimore area, got his second start of the season for the Orioles.
Although he pitched at Camden Yards last season, this was Zimmermann’s first start in front of home fans. He had plenty of supporters to see him go six innings, giving up three earned runs off seven hits while striking out four.
He got off to a rocky start, giving up two runs in the first.
Boston got its first run on a single from Devers that scored Alex Verdugo; Xander Bogaerts raced home as Devers got caught in a rundown for the final out of the inning.
Baltimore answered in the bottom of the inning as Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander went back-to-back over the right-centerfield wall.
After all that excitement in the first, the score remained tied at 2 up until Devers hit a solo shot to right with two outs in the sixth.
Boston starter Garrett Richards settled in after giving up the two home runs in the first, surrendering three hits in five innings of work and striking out four.
The Red Sox were without slugger J.D. Martinez, as he was placed on the COVID-19 Related Injured List. They replaced Martinez on the 26-man roster with Chavis, an infielder who was recalled from the alternate training site at Triple-A Worcester. Chavis began the 10th inning as Boston’s runner on second and scored the go-ahead run.
Martinez was on a tear to start the season, hitting .433 (13-for-30) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. Coming into Saturday, he led all players with nine extra-base hits.
–Field Level Media