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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Red Sox Pick Up Their 1st Win of 2014, 6-2 Over Orioles

After a day of fun at the White House, the Red Sox came back relaxed as they beat the Orioles 6-2 tonight at Camden Yards. Boston (1-1) received a strong outing from John Lackey (6 innings, 2 earned runs, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk) and three scoreless innings from its bullpen to even the series at one game apiece. Baltimore (1-1) was limited to six hits, the only one for extra bases was a two-run homer by Nelson Cruz (his second homer in as many games).

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) once again couldn't find a way to quiet Boston's bats. In six innings, he allowed four earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks. The Red Sox had 10 hits as a team including four singles (and two runs) by Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz got Boston on the board with a two-run homer to right in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.

Cruz answered with his two-run homer to right in the fourth but Mike Napoli responded with a two-run bomb to center in the fifth. He added a two-run single in the seventh for a pair of insurance runs. Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless seventh in his Red Sox debut. He handed the ball over to the lockdown pair from last season: Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. Tazawa had to throw 15 pitches and Uehara used 18 pitches but they both got the job done with limited drama in their respective innings of work.

The series finale is tomorrow night (7:05, NESN) with the gross pitching matchup of Felix Doubront vs. Wei-Yin Chen.

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