Orioles Beat Red Sox 6-3

By The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold each slugged homers in the Orioles’ five-run second inning, and Baltimore posted a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Hardy’s three-run blast was his 10th homer of the year, while Reimold’s two-run bomb was his sixth. Jonathan Schoop was 3-for-5 and socked his 24th homer, a solo shot in the ninth.

Baltimore (79-65) pulled into a tie for second place in the American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost at home to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

The Orioles and Blue Jays are two games back of division-leading Boston (81-63), which slugged its way to a 12-2 victory in the series opener Monday and had won five of six coming in.

Dylan Bundy (9-5) escaped with a victory after a rocky 5 1/3-inning start, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Zach Britton got four outs for his AL-leading 42nd save. Britton is 42-for-42 on save opportunities, the longest streak to start a season by a southpaw in major league history.

Xander Bogaerts clubbed his 19th homer, Travis Shaw was 3-for-4, and Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits apiece for Boston.

Drew Pomeranz (2-5) lasted only two-plus innings, surrendering five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. He dropped to 10-12 overall after beginning the year with the San Diego Padres.

Pomeranz ran into trouble early and was gone before an out was recorded in the third inning.

Hardy launched a 3-2 pitch from Pomeranz for a three-run homer, which bounced off the Selfeo sign on top of the Green Monster in left field with one out in the second.

It was Hardy’s first homer since an Aug. 29 blast.

Reimold, making his first start since Sept. 3, added a two-run shot two batters later, clanging a 3-2 Pomeranz pitch off the light tower on the Monster.

Bundy didn’t fare much better in the Baltimore second, loading the bases with one out in the frame.

He walked Ryan Hanigan and Dustin Pedroia in consecutive plate appearances to cut Boston’s deficit to three, but struck out Bogaerts and induced an inning-ending David Ortiz bounce out to first.

Bogaerts redeemed himself with a solo blast onto the second row of the Monster to lead off the fifth.

NOTES: Boston LF Andrew Benintendi was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, but OF Chris Young started in left field. The move came a day early because INF/OF Brock Holt has a sore shoulder. Benintendi, 22, landed on the DL on Aug. 25 with a left knee sprain. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft made his major league debut Aug. 2. … Baltimore OF Steve Pearce (forearm) was not in the lineup and may undergo an MRI exam. … Red Sox INF Yoan Moncada, 21, was named the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. Moncada, who did not start, hit .294 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in 106 games between Single-A-Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland. … Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (7-10, 3.61 ERA) opposes Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello (20-3, 3.21 ERA) in Wednesday’s series finale.

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