After walk-off loss in Game 1, Orioles topple Boston in nightcap to salvage split


Jonathan Herrera breaks his bat but delivers the game-winning RBI single to lead Boston past Baltimore, 3-2, in Game 1. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)
July 5

When Ubaldo Jimenez left the mound in the fourth inning in the nightcap of the Baltimore Orioles’ doubleheader Saturday night, salvaging a split of their twin bill against the Boston Red Sox at seemed unlikely.

They had already dropped the first game of the doubleheader, wasting Miguel Gonzalez’s deepest start of the season and losing in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth inning. And Jimenez’s short start didn’t help the Orioles’ cause in Game 2.

But these newly-minted, first-place Orioles were resilient, coming from behind to score five unanswered runs on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox in the night game to earn a split at Fenway Park.

Nelson Cruz recorded a career-high five hits in the nightcap and matched Chicago’s Jose Abreu for the major league lead with his 27th homer of the season. Cruz fell just short hitting for the cycle as he was thrown out at third base trying to leg out a triple in his final at-bat.

The Orioles (47-40) received home runs from catcher Nick Hundley and Cruz, marking the seventh time in nine games in which the Orioles have his multiple homers. Hundley hit a two-run shot in the fourth to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead and Cruz hit a solo blast in the fifth that cleared the Green Monster in left.

The Orioles lost the first game of the day, 3-2, a defeat that snapped their four-game winning streak on pinch hitter Jonathan Herrera’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

Gonzalez recorded arguably his best start of the season in the day game, tying his career-high by going eight innings and allowing just two runs over seven hits – after needing 43 pitches to get through the first two innings.

Left-hander T.J. McFarland allowed the game-winning, broken-bat single to Herrera with one out in the ninth.

— Baltimore Sun

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