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Ortiz dials long distance in Red Sox win
Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a home run and Jon Lester pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 32,891 on Sunday.
The Orioles had won six straight series against Boston before the weekend.
Hammel (7-8) consistently fell behind hitters for much of the day and surrendered a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Mike Napoli. In the second inning, Hammel hung an 85 mph slider to Ortiz, who launched the pitch over the left-field fence for a 3-0 lead.
The O’s threatened in the sixth when Chris Davis reached on an error and Jones singled. However, Lester struck out Matt Wieters and then got J.J. Hardy to ground into a double play.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to win more than we lose in a series against the Orioles,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “When Jon Lester pitches to his capabilities, he’s gonna be one of the best pitchers in the league. He’s shown that the last couple of times out.”
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