Workman, Red Sox shut out Orioles, 1-0

Workman, Red Sox shut out Orioles, 1-0
June 10, 2014, 11:15 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Brandon Workman didn't have much going for him Tuesday night. Except his own stuff, that is.

There were two rain delays -- the first as he pitched in the bottom of the second; the second in the top of third, lasting almost 80 minutes.

Then there was the Red Sox lineup, which continued to strand baserunners with alarming frequency.

But given one run with which to work, Workman made it stand up, pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, and getting help from three relievers to combine for a taut 1-0 shutout of the Baltimore Orioles.

Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless eighth and Koji Uehara posted his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.

Workman retired the first 13 Orioles he faced before issuing a one-out walk to Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning. He didn't allow a hit until Ryan Flaherty served a curve ball into center for a single with two outs in the sixth.

He was at just 67 pitches in the seventh, when, with two outs and Chris Davis due, John Farrell came out to lift him in favor of Andrew Miller. Miller promptly made Davis look foolish by chasing a slider for strike three.

The start marked the second time that Workman had taken a no-hitter into the seventh. In his first big league start last July 14, Workman didn't allow a hit until the seventh against the Oakland A's.

The Sox scored the only run of the game in the third inning when Brock Holt collected his second hit in as many at-bats -- a single to center -- and moved to second on a two-out walk by David Ortiz.

Mike Napoli then dumped an opposite-field single into shallow right, scoring Holt from second.

Meanwhile, the inning earlier and again an inning later, the Sox had the bases loaded and failed to score either time.

In the second, Jonathan Herrera struck out with the bases full, and in in the fourth, Xander Bogaerts hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.


STAR OF THE GAME: Brandon Workman

Workman survived not one but two rain delays and didn't have much run support from his lineup. But he made the one run he got stand up, not allowing a baserunner into the fifth and not allowing a hit until the sixth. He left after 6 2/3 scoreless innings.


Napoli has impacted two of the three games he's played since returning from the DL. He homered Sunday night in his return, and Tuesday night, knocked in the only run of the night with an opposite field single in the third inning.


Davis, the O's cleanup hitter, had three at-bats and struck out all three times.

TURNING POINT: In the seventh inning, John Farrell lifted Workman and went with Andrew Miller to face Chris Davis with two outs. The move worked as Miller fanned Davis to end the inning.

BY THE NUMBERS: The win was the first for the Red Sox this season without scoring more than two runs.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "That's what we were trying to do down there -- just keep it loose and not do too much where I was wearing myself out, but do enough that I stayed locked in and stayed loose and stayed in a rhythm.'' - Brandon Workman on staying sharp by throwing in the batting cage during a 78-minute rain delay.