‘Crazy game’: Red Sox slug their way to a come-from-behind win
BALTIMORE — The Red Sox trailed the Baltimore Orioles by five runs after three innings on Friday night. But on a humid night at Camden Yards against a ramshackle bullpen, that wasn’t much of an obstacle.
The Sox scored their most runs in nearly three years to beat the Orioles, 19-12, before a crowd of 23,649.
“I don’t think in the dugout we ever felt we were ever out of it,” said Brock Holt, who reached base five times, scored three runs and drove in three. “With our lineup and in a ballpark like this, it’s easy to put up runs. We never got down.”
Xander Bogaerts homered and had four RBIs. Jackie Bradley Jr. scored four runs and drove in another. Andrew Benintendi scored three runs and had a three-run homer.
J.D. Martinez was 2 for 5 with a walk and drove in two runs to get to 101 on the season with 45 games left.
Fellow Most Valuable Player Candidate Mookie Betts had three hits, three runs, and three RBIs.
“They never stopped playing,” Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Crazy game.”
Drew Pomeranz, pitching in relief for the first time this season, went an inning for the win. With a doubleheader on Saturday, the Sox used six relievers after Nathan Eovaldi was pulled in the third inning.
“I needed to go deeper in the game that that,” Eovaldi said. “I felt off mechanically but I need to make those adjustments while I’m out there.”
The Sox picked up a game on the Yankees, who lost at home against Texas, and now lead the American League East by nine games again.
Through four games on their road trip, the Sox have won three times and scored 44 runs on 47 hits and 27 walks. They have 25 extra-base hits.
Teams like the Blue Jays and Orioles traded many of their useful relievers last month, so high-scoring games may be commonplace in the coming weeks.
David Price starts Game 1 on Saturday. Cora isn’t sure who will start Game 2, only that he hopes it will be Hector Velazquez. But he will be available in the bullpen for the first game.
Triple A righthander William Cuevas will be added to the roster for the doubleheader.
“I think we’re covered,” Cora said.
Bogaerts’s three-run homer to left field in the first inning gave the Sox a quick lead.
Eovaldi had pitched 15 scoreless innings in his first two starts after being obtained from Tampa Bay. He added another inning to that streak before the Orioles quickly drove him out of the game.
Chris Davis homered leading off the second inning. Eovaldi then walked Renato Nunez before Caleb Joseph singled.
Cedric Mullins, in his first major-league at-bat, lined an RBI double to right field. With two outs, Adam Jones singled in two more runs.
The bottom of the Baltimore order did more damage in the third inning.
Davis and Nunez singled. Joseph’s fly ball deep into the gap in right field was tracked down by Bradley then hit off his glove for an error, his fourth of the season.
Davis scored and Nunez stopped at third. Mullins delivered again with an RBI single. Jonathan Villar then drove in a run with a bunt single and Tim Beckham another with a single to left field.
That was it for Eovaldi after 71 pitches. Bradley’s error made four of the runs unearned but Eovaldi allowed 10 hits.
Down 8-3, the Sox punched away at Dylan Bundy. Bradley tripled to drive in a run in the fourth inning then scored on a passed ball.
Then came a six-run sixth inning as the Sox took an 11-8 lead.
Holt got it started with a long home run to right field, his second of the season. His big night came with a bat he borrowed from Betts.
Dan Butler, playing in his first major league game this season, singled before Bradley walked.
Miguel Castro followed Bundy to the mound and walked Betts to load the bases. Benintendi grounded to first and Butler was thrown out at the plate. But Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly scored Bradley.
The Orioles intentionally walked Martinez to load the bases with two outs for Bogaerts. He walked on five pitches to force in a run. Donnie Hart came in and he walked Rafael Devers to force in another run.
Holt then singled off the glove of Beckham at shortstop and two more came in.
An 11-8 lead was not comfortable as Heath Hembree allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth. It did get more comfortable when Benintendi hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Hart.
It was Benintendi’s first home run since July 7, a stretch of 94 at-bats. The Sox tacked on five more in the eighth inning, three on a double by Betts.
The Sox are 11-2 against the last-place Orioles this season, 5-1 at Camden Yards.