Written by Michael Williams
Game two kicked off at 7:05 ET with Ubaldo Jimenez facing John Lester. After losing the opener of the series in a walk off, this game took even more meaning. A split of the double header would assure the Orioles of another night in first place.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched poorly. He only lasted 3 and 2/3 innings. Walked six, gave up five hits with a home run and four earned runs and struck out four.
Brad Brach and Tommy Hunter pitched great. Brach allowed a hit in an inning and a third. Hunter no hits or walks in an inning and two thirds.
Brian Matusz faced David Ortiz. He retired him.
Darren O'Day pitched the eighth inning. A pop out bookended by two strikeouts.
Zach Britton pitched a scoreless, perfect ninth. For his 13th save.
Manny Machado returned to single and Nick Hundley drove him in with a mammoth home run to give the Orioles an early 2-to-0 lead.
Nelson Cruz homered to bring the Orioles back to within one run. It was his 27th.
Steve Pearce drove in Jon Schoop with a single, tying the score.
Adam Jones singled driving in Nick Markakis. Giving the Orioles back the lead.
Nelson Cruz singled driving in Steve Pearce making the score 6-to-4.
J.J. Hardy drove in Adam Jones with a ground out upping the Orioles total to seven.
Nelson Cruz was 5-for-5 for the evening. Manny Machado was 2-for-5 in his return.
The Orioles had 16 hits.
Chris Davis was hitless again.
Key Moments In The Game
The Red Sox commited two crucial errors. The Orioles fielded flawlessly. Manny Machado got rave reviews from the national broadcasters.
Other Notes/ Musings
Someone seriously needs to do something to, for, or about Chris Davis.
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