A Successful Night On Offense and Defense Leads To A Win for Baltimore

May 07, 2019 - 11:36 am

BALTIMORE –Orioles take home the first win of the series against Boston on Monday.

It was a short first inning yet it still was provided by some entertainment.  What looked like a possible missed catch by J.D. Martinez, turned out to be a fan interference robbing Villar of a double.  Villar came back with vengeance with his next time at the plate.  Villar hit his first grand slam to center field, as an Oriole on a 77.9 MPH curve ball from Red Sox right-handed pitcher, Josh Smith, giving Baltimore a 4-0 lead.  This was Smith’s first major league appearance since 2016. The last grand slam for Villar was with the Brewers at Pittsburgh on September 4, 2016.

Stevie Wilkerson has given the Orioles some leverage on offense.  Wilkerson, who had a bunt single that was a part of the Villar homerun, has had a five-game hitting streak.  The center fielder also singled in both the fourth and eighth innings.

Boston did not get on the board until the fifth inning.  Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez doubled to lead-off the inning.  Vazquez tagged up on a fly ball by former Steve Pearce, to advance to third base and to put the Red Sox in scoring position.  Manager Brandon Hyde challenged the tag, later confirming that Vázquez did not leave early, leaving Orioles with their final challenge in the fifth inning.  With Boston now in scoring position, Eduardo Núnez, hit a sacrifice fly to center field giving Vázquez the time to score for the Red Sox.  

Paul Fry relieved Means in the eighth inning only throwing 18 pitches.  Givens came in to finish the inning to get the last out on a slider.  Givens finished the game throwing 15 pitches and recorded his fourth save of the year.  John Means went through seven innings with four strikeouts, three hits, and one earned run.

Orioles are now 5-11 at home and 13-22 overall. They continue the series tomorrow against Boston with Red Sox Hector Velazquez and Orioles David Hess on the mound.