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    Red Sox can’t catch up to Orioles

    Brock Holt put down a bunt in the fourth inning.
    Carlos Osorio/Associated Press
    Brock Holt put down a bunt in the fourth inning.

     SCORE: Orioles 12, Red Sox 9.

     RECORD: 15-15-1.

     BREAKDOWN: Lots of homers — seven — five by the Orioles. The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead on Will Middlebrooks’s RBI single and Christian Vazquez’s two-run homer in the second. Wilson Betemit’s three-run homer off Sox starter Graham Godfrey tied it in the bottom half of the inning. After the Sox broke the tie with a run in the third on consecutive singles by Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, and Middlebrooks, the Orioles immediately responded with three on a solo homer by Adam Jones, a ground-rule double by J.J. Hardy, and a sacrifice fly by Betemit. Jones and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers as the Orioles took a 9-4 lead, but the Red Sox scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh to tie it, as Gomes hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. a two-run single against tough reliever Pedro Strop. Hardy added a three-run homer in the eighth.


     THUMBS UP: Not enough thumbs to go around. Big days for Middlebrooks (3 for 4, 2 RBIs), Gomes (2 for 3, home run, 2 RBIs), Napoli (2 for 3, now hitting .342). Bradley came off the bench to contribute two more hits and two RBIs, improving his average to .444. Vazquez had a two-run homer and a double. Relievers Jose De La Torre and Anthony Carter pitched scoreless innings. Mike Carp threw out a runner at second base from left field.

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     THUMBS DOWN: Godfrey allowed six runs and nine hits over three innings and Clayton Mortensen gave up two homers in one inning. Shane Victorino went 0 for 4 on a day for hitters and is now at .139. Gomes had a tough day in left field, with swirling winds playing havoc.

     MEDICAL REPORT: Jacoby Ellsbury reported soreness in the right ankle he rolled on Sunday, but manager John Farrell said Ellsbury could be back on the field by Wednesday . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia should be good to go on Wednesday after having a mole treated . . . Stephen Drew continued to hit and do more baseball activities. The Sox will outline a program by midweek to get him back on the field . . . David Ortiz is hitting but still not running.

     AROUND THE BASES: Victorino, Gomes, and Middlebrooks wanted to do their hitting in a spring training game rather than a minor league game, so Farrell went along with it. They were scheduled to play in a minor league game . . . Scary moment when Betemit had to be carted off the field after pulling up lame at second base. He suffered a sprained knee ligament . . . Attendance was 8,078.

     NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. vs. the Marlins at JetBlue Park. Jon Lester opposes Kevin Slowey. Daniel Bard, De La Torre, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Bailey are also slated to pitch for the Sox.