Balance and order have been restored to the universe after last night's slugfest. After putting up a score worthy of an NFL game, these two teams got back to playing normal baseball for the afternoon half of a day/night doubleheader. David Price was on the mound and looked to continue his (mostly) strong run of recent pitching. With the news that Chris Sale's start was pushed back to Sunday (Hector Velazquez will start the nightcap of the doubleheader), it was important the Sox earned at least a split. So far, so good.
This game was all Red Sox once the scoring started. Ironically, given the glut of scoring last night, there weren't any runs scored until the fifth inning of this one. Eduardo Nunez hit a two run homer followed by Jackie Bradley's solo shot to make it 3-0 and that was all Price needed. The Sox tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Xander Bogaerts hit a double, stole third, and scored on a throwing error. In the ninth inning Jackie Bradley hit his second homer of the game (his 11th of the season) and Boston easily rolled over the Orioles to the final score of 5-0. Price pitched an efficient six innings, giving up five hits and walking no one while striking out ten. With the Yankees win, the division lead stayed at nine games. The Sox still have a chance to pick up a half game in the second half of the doubleheader, but quick and easy wins like this are exactly what the Sox need, especially when playing four games in three days against Baltimore.
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