BOSTON – (Staff Report) – Boston Red Sox starter David Price earned his second straight win, bringing his 2018 season record to (4-4) while outfielder Mookie Betts scored twice and had a career high three stolen bases after going 3-for-4 with a walk on a night when Boston both hit and ran on the AL East cellar-dwelling Orioles to the tune of a 6-2 victory. Price had his most impressive start of the season and maybe his best outing as a member of the Sox. The left-hander fell one strike short of his fourth career shutout when he allowed a ninth inning two-run homer to Adam Jones. Price finished a batter later and gained his 17th career complete game, giving up only five hits while striking out eight Oriole batters.
Xander Bogaerts hit two three-run HRs on consecutive nights at Fenway.
Boston broke the game wide-open in the 5th inning when Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to score Jackie Bradley Jr. from third base after Bradley walked and stole second, and advanced to third on a Betts base hit, his second single of the night. Later in the inning, shortstop Zander Bogaerts hit his second three-run HR in as many nights, driving a towering fly ball off the light pole in left field, high over the Green Monster and not too far from where he planted a baseball about 24 hours prior. It was Bogaerts’ sixth home run of the season, and it scored both Betts and first baseman Manny Ramirez.
The Bogaerts blast was off a 3-1 pitch, Baltimore SP Kevin Gausman’s last toss of the game. The Orioles starter had a terrible evening, going 4.2 innings and allowing six earned runs on eight hits, a wild pitch amongst his 101 tosses with 59 strikes. Gausman allowed two HRs and five stolen bases along with two walks. He struck-out six.
The Red Sox jumped on the Baltimore starter in the bottom of the 1st inning when J.D. Martinez hit his 13th HR of the season and knocked in Betts to stake a 2-0 lead for Price. Gausman was forced to throw 36 pitches in the opening inning of his ninth start of the season when he’s allowed 1st inning runs in four of those nine outings. Martinez left the game for pinch hitter Blake Swihart in the 7th inning with Martinez yanked because of a stomach virus.
Price threw only 95 pitches with 69 being strikes. He did not walk a single batter.
NOTES: Mookie Betts became the first Boston Red Sox player to have both three HRs and three stolen bases in a game in the same season. … The Red Sox are currently in a stretch of 19 of 26 games (May 14-June 10) to be played at Fenway Park. … Boston announced earlier today the franchise will host an Alumni Game at Fenway, scheduled for Sunday, May 27, nearly 25 years to the date of the last Alumni game held, May 29, 1993. … Sox legends Dwight “Dewey” Evans and the great Luis Tiant will be the managers of the competing clubs with some 25 former players hoping to participate. … Pedro Martinez, Wade Boggs and Mike Lowell are committed to play in the 3-inning game preceding the 1:05pm Sox vs. Atlanta Braves game. … Estimated time for first pitch is 10:30am on 5.27.18. … Baltimore Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson, aka, “The Human Vacuum,” turns 81 on Friday, May 18th. … For Boston, LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.47 ERA), RHP Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.28 ERA) and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez are scheduled to pitch this weekend against the Orioles, while Alex Cobb (0-5, 7.06 ERA) goes Friday night and RHP Dylan Bundy (2-5, 4.53 ERA) are set to pitch for Baltimore. …