Workman sparkles as Sox blank Orioles, 1-0
BALTIMORE — Boston right-hander Brandon Workman allowed just one hit over 6 2/3 innings and Mike Napoli knocked in the game’s only run with a single in the third as the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Boston won for the first time in 19 games when scoring less than three runs. The Orioles suffered their fifth shutout of the season just one night after beating the Red Sox 4-0.
Workman (1-0) struck out four with just one walk in the longest outing of his career. It was his first win since July 30, 2013. Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty managed the only hit against Workman with a two-out single in the sixth.
Koji Uehara picked up his 13th save for Boston (29-35).
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (5-3) allowed just one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks over six innings. That was an encouraging performance for the right-hander after giving up five runs on six hits in just one inning against Texas in his previous outing.
Starters for the Orioles (32-31) have allowed two or fewer runs in eight of the last 11 games. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis went 0-for-4, snapping a 14-game hitting streak.
Left fielder Brock Holt and catcher A.J. Pierzynski each had two hits for Boston.
Tillman returned to the mound after a 1 hour, 18 minute rain delay and allowed a two-out RBI single to first baseman Mike Napoli that gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third.
Meanwhile, Workman retired 13 consecutive batters before allowing a one-out walk to left fielder Nelson Cruz in the fifth.
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Notes: Orioles 3B Manny Machado was suspended five games for throwing his bat Sunday against Oakland, which ignited a benches-clearing confrontation. Machado was in the lineup Tuesday, so apparently he might appeal the suspension. ... Red Sox SS Stephen Drew was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of a strained oblique. ... Boston LHP Felix Doubront (left elbow strain) made a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket, throwing 75 pitches. He allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. ... RHP Clay Buchholz (hyperextended right knee) is scheduled to throw five innings for Pawtucket on Friday against Charlotte.