Timely hits propel Orioles past Sox
BOSTON - Adam Jones' second run-scoring hit of the night broke a seventh-inning tie, and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday at Fenway Park.
With two out in a 2-2 game in the seventh, Manny Machado singled off Red Sox right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who entered in the sixth in relief of Alfredo Aceves. Left-hander Andrew Miller replaced Mortensen and walked Nick Markakis.
Right-hander Koji Uehara, who had been perfect in his three previous appearances this season, entered and gave up a first-pitch RBI double to Jones, scoring Machado and giving Baltimore a 3-2 lead.
Right-hander Jim Johnson earned his fourth save. He struck out two while allowing one hit in the ninth.
Brian Matusz (1-0) earned the win. He went two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. O's starter Chris Tillman held the Sox to two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Boston scored both of its runs in the third, on RBI singles by Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli.
Boston's Alfredo Aceves pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. ?
He threw 79 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was selected the American League player of the week for the first week of the season, continued his hot hitting. His solo home run on a 3-and-0 fastball in the second inning gave Baltimore an early lead.
However, the Red Sox touched up Tillman in the third. With two outs, Dustin Pedroia's single scored Stephen Drew, and Mike Napoli's nine-pitch at-bat ended with single to left, scoring Shane Victorino, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Jones tied the score in the fifth with a two-out single, scoring Machado.
NOTES: Machado was thrown out trying to stretch a double to right field into a triple in the first inning. ... With his third-inning RBI single, Pedroia has reached base safely in all nine of the Red Sox games this season. It is the longest such streak of his career to start a season. ... With his second-inning solo homer, Davis became the seventh player, and third left-handed batter, to record a home run in six of his team's first nine games of a season. ... Jones' RBI single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to nine games.