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Bottoms up for Red Sox in win over Orioles
Boston closer Koji Uehara reacts after the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 at Fenway Park on Saturday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Third baseman Brock Holt, the No. 7 hitter summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI triple and infielder Jonathan Herrera followed with a successful safety squeeze.
The hit made a loser of Baltimore starter Bud Norris (0-2) and gave the win to reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-0). Tazawa had replaced starter Felix Doubront with two out in the top of the seventh and got four straight outs before Koji Uehara picked up his fourth save as Boston improved to 8-10.
Designated hitter David Ortiz hit a solo homer (his third of the season) for the Red Sox, while left fielder Nelson Cruz had a pair of RBI singles for Baltimore (8-8). Cruz's second RBI hit, which tied the game in the sixth inning, came after his manager, Buck Showalter, successfully challenged a call at first base.
In his first start against the Orioles, in the opening series, Doubront, who won that game, threw 33 pitches over the first three innings. Saturday, he threw 33 in a rocky first that saw him strike out three but also give up a run. But he then threw only 34 pitches in retiring 12 straight batters over the next four innings.
With one out in the bottom of the first, second baseman Dustin Pedroia walked and rode to third when Ortiz singled off the wall in left field. First baseman Mike Napoli then hit what looked like a double-play grounder to third baseman Jonathan Schoop, who made his third error of his rookie season.
NOTES: Baltimore RF Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 with a walk against LHP Felix Doubront and is 8-for-16 lifetime against him. ... ESPN grabbing Sunday's game between the teams created a 7 p.m. ET start prior to Monday morning's Patriots' Day game at 11. ... RHP Ubaldo Jimenez takes an 0-3 record and 7.31 ERA to the mound for the Orioles Sunday night, while RHP Jake Peavy, 0-0 despite a 1.93 ERA, pitches for Boston. Jimenez is 1-3 with a 10.27 ERA in five lifetime starts against Boston and was shelled in his only Fenway Park start. .