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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:58

Buchholz chased in third inning as Orioles spoil Patriots Day

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Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz surrenders six earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched and last night’s hero Mike Carp strikes out with the winning run in scoring position as the Orioles take the game 7-6. 

The Baltimore Orioles spoiled Patriots Day for the Boston Red Sox, as Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz had another disappointing outing for his squad.

            Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen went 5.0 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five en route to the win.

            After two innings, Buchholz had yet to surrender a run. But, the Baltimore bats jumped all over Buchholz in the third inning as he allowed six earned runs before be taken out of the game.

            The Red Sox offence was faced with a tough task in overcoming the deficit, but great outings from relievers Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow allowed the Sox to stay in the game. The tandem allowed only one run and three hits in 5.2 innings of work.

            While the long-relievers were taking care of the Baltimore line-up, the Sox quietly accumulated five runs. Heading into the ninth inning, the Orioles had just a two run lead.

            After a Jackie Bradley Jr. ground out, the next three batters got on base in what looked to be another magical Patriots Day. Brock Holt singled after Orioles infielder Steve Lombardozzi had trouble with the throw to first baseman Chris Davis, allowing the ball to roll towards the Red Sox dugout. Dustin Pedroia doubled for the second time in as many days in the bottom of the ninth. This plated David Ortiz. With first base open, Orioles manager Buck Showalter elected to intentionally walk the big left-hander, going after Mike Napoli instead. Napoli grounded out to second base, but plated Holt and advancing Pedroia and Ortiz. Mike Carp, who had been previously substituted for Johnny Gomes in the eighth inning, walked into the batters box. With a 1-2 count, Carp weakly grounded to first baseman Davis as he took it to the bag to end the game.

            The Red Sox bats were again forced into attempting to comeback from a large deficit from a poor outing from the starting pitcher. April has been a month plagued by a poor offensive effort from Boston. On the contrary, the team has witnessed some fantastic starting pitching from its rotation. The final two games of the series has been the complete opposite. Peavy and Buccholz combined for 8.0 innings pitched, 11 earned runs, and 17 hits in their two starts. The offence scored six runs in both of the games, and only had one win to show for it.

            The Red Sox open up a series against their rival New York Yankees at Fenway Park Tuesday. The game will begin at 7:10 EST, with Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) scheduled to take the mound.

           

QUICK HITS

            - Brock Holt was 2-4 with a run and an RBI batting from the leadoff spot. He is now hitting .429 on the season.

            - Dustin Pedroia, who had been suffering from a sore left wrist before taking a cortisone shot, has hit successfully in six of his last eleven at-bats. He has raised his average from .231 to .275 in the last four days.

            - The annual Patriots Day game was a sell-out of 37,513. The Red Sox were sporting their home white jerseys, but with the word "BOSTON" written on the front, with the "B Strong" patch on the chest, just as they did for the following home game after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the game to commemorate the life of fallen police officer Dennis Simmonds.

            - Mike Napoli hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his fifth of the season.

            - Every batter in the Orioles line-up recorded a hit, but only Steve Lombardozzi had more than one hit for the club.