Yoenis Cespedes added a solo home run and Ortiz contributed an
RBI single for the Red Sox, bringing his season total to 102 RBIs.
Junichi Tazawa (4-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of
relief and Edward Mujica worked the 10th for his seventh save.
Xander Bogaerts reached on a throwing error with one out and Ortiz
followed by lining an 0-1 fastball from right-hander Darren O™Day
(5-2) over the scoreboard in right for his 34th home run. Nelson
Cruz had three hits and an RBI and Alejandro De Aza added three hits
and a run scored for the Orioles, who remained 2 1/2 games behind
the Los Angeles Angels in the race for the best record in the
American League and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Cruz came up with the bases loaded and two out in the third inning
and sent a slow roller to third, just beating the throw from Garin
Cecchini to allow Jonathan Schoop to score. Ortiz led off the next
half-inning and blasted a 1-0 fastball from Kevin Gausman out to
right-center in front of Cespedes, who took a slider to straightaway
center to put the Red Sox on top.
Ortiz added an RBI single in the fifth, but left-hander Craig
Breslow came on with two out and none on in the seventh and
surrendered a double to De Aza before Delmon Young™s pinch-hit RBI
triple. Young came across with the tying run when Allen Craig had to
come off the bag to grab Bogaerts™ throw from short.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Ortiz is the first player in Red Sox history with
eight seasons of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, breaking a tie with Ted
Williams. ¦ Boston starter Allen Webster allowed one run and seven
hits in 5 1/3 innings while Orioles starter Gausman was reached for
three runs “ two earned “ in five frames. ¦ Baltimore CF Adam Jones
(rest) got the night off with the team already having clinched the
division, and David Lough started in center.
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