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Friday, April 29, 2011
Red Sox end road trip 6-3 by salvaging a win in Baltimore
The Boston Red Sox saved some face by averting a sweep in Baltimore last night with a 6-2 win at Camden Yards.
Jon Lester (3-1) continued his certain 2011 Cy Young campaign with his usual eight innings of stellar work. He allowed four hits, two earned runs, three walks and five strikeouts.
Boston (11-13) ended its nine-game road trip 6-3 which is very respectable, especially after they lost the first two against the Orioles (10-13).
The Red Sox' lineup woke up with 13 hits led by leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Adrian Gonzalez (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Dustin Pedroia (2 hits, RBI) and David Ortiz (2 hits).
Gonzalez got over the .300 mark with his batting average, it'll be interesting to see if it can stay there for the rest of the season since he seems to have found his groove at the plate.
Orioles starter Brad Bergesen pitched well, going six innings and allowing six hits, two earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Relievers Jim Johnson and Mike Gonzalez each coughed up two earned runs to blow the game wide open.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in Ellsbury with an RBI double in the top of the first for a 1-0 Boston lead.
Derrek Lee tied it for Baltimore with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.
Gonzalez made it 2-1 in the top of the third with an RBI single which scored the equally hot Ellsbury.
Vladimir Guerrero knotted it at two with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Boston went ahead on Pedroia's infield single in the seventh (scoring Carl Crawford who had doubled). Jarrod Saltalamacchia added an RBI single in the top of the eighth (scoring Kevin Youkilis) and Ellsbury closed it out with a two-run single which brought home Ortiz and Mike Cameron.
After not being used in a while, Jonathan Papelbon threw a clean ninth inning in the non-save situation.
The Red Sox are home for an 11-game homestand (Mariners, Angels and Twins). It kicks off tonight against Seattle with Daisuke Matsuzaka taking on Jason Vargas.