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Orioles Defeat Red Sox 7-6

July 24, 2018 - 11:02 pm

By Austin Medina

Even with all the trades made, the Orioles appear determined to spoil the AL East race. After splitting with the Yankees two weeks ago, the Orioles evened the series with a 7-6 victory over the league-best Red Sox (71-32).

The O's had Yefry Ramirez on the mound, who has pitched well this season. Ramirez was just hoping to get run support in his latest outing, as a surprise stat shows he has garnered little run support.

Boston struck first as J.D. Martinez skied a solo homerun to get an early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jonathan Schoop roped a two-run homerun to give the O’s the lead, 2-1.

Two innings later, the Red Sox countered with two solo homeruns, by Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts respectively.

Ramirez ended his night going five innings, allowing three runs on three homeruns along with six strikeouts.

Tim Beckham responded in the bottom frame of the fifth, as his two-run homerun gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

Baltimore exploded in the 6th inning, as Tim Beckham plated Chris Davis on a sacrifice fly. RBI singles by Schopp as well as Adam Jones pushed the Orioles lead to 7-3.

Of course the Red Sox wouldn’t go down without a fight. Martinez hit another homerun, a two-run shot to cut the deficit to 7-5.

With closer Zach Britton traded to the Yankees during the game, Brad Brach came on to convert the save. Although it wasn’t pretty, Brach held the Sox to just an RBI single by Rafael Devers, as the O’s held on to the 7-6 victory.

Baltimore has the rubber game Wednesday night before a four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays.