The Red Sox nabbed their 67th victory on Wednesday night as Dustin Pedroia celebrated his 33rd birthday. The Red Sox took both games of this mini two-game series at Camden Yards, and now sit a full game ahead of the O’s for the first American League Wild Card spot. This win also made it six straight for the Red Sox.
David Price pitched good enough to get his second win in as many starts. Thanks to the rain delay, Price went just six innings, en route to his second complete game in a Red Sox uniform. The lone run that Price allowed came on a home run in the second inning as he threw a changeup to Chris Davis. Davis pulled the first pitch way over the right field wall, onto Eutaw Street.
Price allowed zero walks while striking out four. Besides the mistake to Davis, Price’s command was pretty impressive.
However, the Red Sox offense was the big story (besides the rain) in this one.
The Red Sox took an early lead in the top of the second off of young righty Dylan Bundy. After reaching on base via a hit by pitch, Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a Travis Shaw single for an early 1-0 lead. Andrew Benintendi followed up with a four pitch walk to load the bases.
The birthday boy came up next, poised to break open this lead. With two outs, Pedroia pulled an 0-1 pitch to shallow left. Unfortunately, the O’s left fielder, Hyun-Soo Kim made a nice diving catch to end the inning, and preserving the one run game.
In the top of the third, with the score tied 1-1, the Sox offense struck again as Bradley Jr. hit a two run home run. The home run was set up by a one-out Mookie Betts walk.
As the rain continued to come down, Price continued to throw scoreless innings.
Bundy, on the other hand, continued to struggle. Fast forward to the fifth inning as he gave up a leadoff infield single to Betts. Despite Manny Machado’s great effort on a diving play, Betts’ speed was just too much as Betts was safe on the play. On the first pitch, Betts easily stole second base for his 19th steal of the season.
After Bradley Jr. flied out, one of the biggest surprises on the year, Sandy Leon came up to bat. Leon completely tore the cover off the ball, pulling the ball for his sixth home run of the season. Unlike Davis’ shot, Leon’s hit a speaker, which stopped the ball from reaching the elusive Eutaw Street.
Brock Holt came up next and rocked a double off of Bundy, knocking him out of the game.
In the top of the sixth inning, relief pitcher Tyler Wilson was hit hard, giving up three more runs to give the Red Sox an 8-1 lead.
David Ortiz hit a one run double while Bradley Jr. followed up with a two run double off of Wilson.
Jonathan Schoop notched a single off of Price to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Price came back to strike out Machado for the first out of the inning. Price reared back to get Mark Trumbo and Steve Pearce out to end the inning. After that, the game went into a rain delay.
After a near 1:40 minute rain delay, the game was called.
Every starter on the offense had at least one hit except for Benintendi. Holt finished the game going 3-for-3. Leon, Betts, and Bradley Jr. all finished the game with two hits a piece.
WP: David Price (11-8, 4.19 ERA)
LP: Dylan Bundy (6-4, 3.36 ERA)
The Red Sox will now face the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 EST on Thursday. There has been much discussion about the early start time, but it is still scheduled for mid day. Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66 ERA) will face off against Matt Boyd (4-2, 4.16 ERA).
It’s customarily to have the starting pitcher for the upcoming series to fly out the day before so they don’t have to deal with a brutal travel schedule. Buchholz had left to go to Detroit, but due to the weather, he had to retreat. Buchholz is still with the team and will travel with them, whenever they get out of Baltimore.