BOSTON — Fans filled Fenway Park earlier than normal Monday morning for the Boston Red Sox’ annual Patriots Day game.
Helicopters circled overhead, and a long flyball from the ballpark, participants ran along Beacon Street for the stretch run of the Boston Marathon. Given the events of last year’s marathon bombings, it was a celebration that life in New England had returned to normal.
Baltimore was obliged to play a part in the special day, even though it meant a little more than 12 hours between the end of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game and Monday’s 11:05 a.m. start.
The Orioles didn’t show any sign of fatigue early, jumping on Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning. And they withstood a late rally by Boston for a 7-6 victory in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,513 at Fenway Park.
With a split of their four-game series in Boston, the Orioles (9-9) now head to Toronto to complete a span of 15 straight games against American League East opponents. Their record so far in that stretch is 7-5.
Orioles closer Tommy Hunter converted his fifth save in six opportunities, working out of a bases-loaded situation and stranding the winning run at second base.
With one out in the ninth and the Orioles clinging to a 7-5 lead, Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt reached on a infield single to second base, and Dustin Pedroia doubled high off the Green Monster. With runners at second and third base, the Orioles then walked David Ortiz to create a double-play situation.
Hunter got Mike Napoli to ground out to second — scoring one run — and then induced a game-ending groundout by Mike Carp to first baseman Chris Davis.
Even though they had the game in hand, the Orioles needed some clutch outs from their bullpen as the Red Sox (9-11) placed the tying run on base in each of the final three innings.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (3-1) lasted just five innings, allowing three runs — all in the fifth inning — and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
— Baltimore Sun