First impressions: Uehara controls eighth as Red Sox beat Orioles, 5-2


First impressions: Uehara controls eighth as Red Sox beat Orioles, 5-2

BALTIMORE -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Orioles:

* Mookie Betts isn't the only Red Sox hitter who likes to hit at Camden Yards.

Betts hit eight homers in his first seven games here this season, including three multi-homer games.

But David Ortiz is pretty accomplished here, too. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh to break the game open, turning a 2-1 Red Sox lead to a 5-1 edge.

The homer -- which didn't seem to be a no-doubter upon impact -- carried and carried its way into the first few rows of center field bleachers.

That represented Ortiz's sixth homer in his last nine games here and his 11th in his last 17.

Since 2015, Ortiz has hit 16 homers in 35 games at Camden Yards.

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* Koji Uehara has the eighth inning on lockdown again.

Pitching against his former team, Uehara was given the responsibility of pitching the eighth inning, charged with facing the Orioles' three most dangerous hitters - Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo.

Per usual, Uehara attacked the strike zone with a vengeance, getting weak contact from Davisd (flyout to left) and Machado (popup to short) before getting Trumbo to swing at strike three.

Uehara worked Trumbo expertly, mixing in diving split-fingers with elevated four-seamers.

He also needed just 12 pitches to record the three outs, making him a model of efficiency.

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* Marco Hernandez didn't have the best seventh inning.

Hernandez was filling in for Dustin Pedroia at second and had a rough time at the position.

Pedro Schoop led off by hitting a ball into the left field corner, with the ball caroming directly to outfielder Chris Young, who fired to second. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts moved out to the outfield for the cutoff and the Sox would have had Schoop out at second had Hernandez been at second to take the throw. But he wasn't there -- he had drifted out to shallow outfield grass, out of position.

Next came a hard line drive to third from Matt Wieters, which was caught by third baseman Travis Shaw. Shaw had a play at second on Schoop, who had wandered off the bag. But again, Hernandez wasn't in position to cover and take the throw.

Finally, pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim hit a slow roller just to the right of second base, but Hernandez, who was shifted toward first a bit, couldn't get to the ball as it roller into center for a base hit.

Granted, Hernandez doesn't have a lot of experience at second. But this was hardly his finest hour.

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Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels benefited from a fairly-new rule and relied on an old-fashioned type save to beat the Boston Red Sox.

Parker Bridwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Bridwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

"I don't care if it's old-fashioned or it's cutting edge, we need them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We need guys to hold leads. Most closers are primarily the one-inning guys that are in that bubble."

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12. Boston remained tied with New York atop the AL East.

Bridwell was Fister's teammate at Triple-A Salt Lake before he was let go.

"That's weird," Bridwell said. "I was in the same clubhouse with him a week-and-a-half ago or whatever and we were talking pitching. I was asking him certain things he did along the game, and the next thing you know we're starting against each other on the big-league level."

After the challenge overturned Danny Espinosa's 3-6-3 double play, Los Angeles got to Fister.

"That's modern-day baseball," Scioscia said.

Fister was pleased by his first start with Boston, and 200th of his career.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad day," he said. "They just put together some timely hits and took advantage of well-placed baseballs. That's what good clubs do and that's what they did today."

Espinosa was credited with a fielder's choice and RBI after the review. Cowart followed with an RBI double and Juan Gratetrol had a run-scoring single.

"He's a bang-bang play from a scoreless outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Moreland homered over the Angels' bullpen in the bottom half. Bradley Jr. hit his into the center-field bleachers in the fifth.


Angels: Scioscia said LHP Tyler Skaggs was scratched from a scheduled rehab start in the Arizona League on Saturday night with soreness in his oblique and abdominal area.

Red Sox: Farrell said ace lefty David Price has a middle finger-nail issue on his pitching hand, but "is expected" to make his next scheduled start. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on the 10-day DL with a right knee subluxation, will make a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday after he felt fine following a 68-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.


The Angels recalled infielder Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game and optioned RHP Eduardo Paredes there before the game.


The Red Sox put a message on the center-field board, wishing NESN analyst Jerry Remy: "Best of Luck, Jerry, on your surgery tomorrow!"

The crowd gave him a huge ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard. The popular former Red Sox second baseman (1978-84) waved.

He is being treated for cancer for the fifth time.


Nine-year-old Shea Braceland from Westfield, Mass., got a long and loud ovation when she completed a flawless rendition of the national anthem.


Angels: Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) is set to face Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) when the teams open a two-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Nolasco has lost his last seven decisions.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-3, 2.85) is in line to work against Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (7-1, 2.67) when the teams open a four-game series in Fenway Monday. Sale leads the majors with 146 strikeouts.