BOSTON -- On Wednesday night, Daniel Nava’s two-out solo shot into the first row of the Monster seats off O’s righty Tommy Hunter gave the Sox -- temporarily, anyway -- the go-ahead run. It was Nava’s third home run of the season and third in as many games.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia immediately followed with his first home run of the season, a blast into the bleachers behind the O’s dugout that put the Sox up 5-3.
It was the second time this year the Sox have hit back-to-back home runs. Middlebrooks and Nava accomplished the feat in the seventh inning on Sunday.
The efforts went for naught, though, as Joel Hanrahan allowed five runs and a career-high two home runs in the ninth inning.
- In Nava’s last nine major league games, going back to Sept. 30, he has hit five home runs. He has reached base in 15 straight major league games since Sept. 21.
- In addition to his solo home run, Saltalamacchia also recorded two doubles, tying a career-high for extra-base hits and doubles in a game.
- The Sox are 0-3 when their opponents score first, 5-0 when they do so.
- Jacoby Ellsbury was charged with an error in the first inning, on Manny Machado’s fly ball. It was the first error the Sox have committed this season. Ellsbury was not charged with an error until his 55th game last season.
- Right-hander Koji Uehara entered in the sixth inning after a 43-minute rain delay. He has not allowed a baserunner in three innings over three appearances this season. Uehara extended his career-high scoreless-outings streak to 17 games since Sept. 1, spanning 14 2/3 innings.
- Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3 with a walk and has reached base safely in his first eight games this season, extending a career-high to start a season.
- Stephen Drew went hitless in his season debut after being activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Tuesday.
- Jackie Bradley made his Fenway Park debut, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.