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Sox beat Orioles in 11 innings again, this time on a wild pitch

By JEFF SEIDEL
The Sports Xchange

September 20. 2017 3:16AM
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) catches a line ball hit by Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE — Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a Brad Brach wild pitch with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Bradley reached when grounding into a force for the first out of the 11th against Brach (4-5), and Xander Bogaerts’ groundout moved him to second. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts both followed with walks, loading the bases with two outs.

Mitch Moreland came up and Brach bounced the first pitch to him. The ball got past Baltimore catcher Welington Castillo, letting Bradley score easily from third.

Boston (87-64) improved to 15-3 in extra-inning games. The Red Sox also won in 11 innings over the Orioles (73-79) on Monday night.

Joe Kelly (4-1) earned the victory by striking out the side in order in the 10th, and Matt Barnes closed it in the 11th for his first save. Barnes retired Trey Mancini on a comebacker with Adam Jones on second base to end it. Jones had reached on third baseman Rafael Devers’ two-base throwing error.

Baltimore now is 12-4 in extra-inning games.

Starters Kevin Gausman and Drew Pomeranz dominated this game, but neither figured in the decision.

Gausman retired the first 14 Boston batters he faced and gave up three hits over eight shutout innings. He struck out seven with just one walk and was in command most of the time.

Pomeranz needed to battle out of a few jams and got some help from his defense, but still threw 6 1/3 shutout innings. He scattered five hits and struck out five with two walks, leaving in a scoreless tie.

The Orioles nearly took the lead in the third after Manny Machado doubled with two outs. Jonathan Schoop followed with a single to left but left fielder Benintendi gunned down Machado at the plate.

Boston did not even get a baserunner until Devers lined a ball off the wall in right for a single with two outs in the fifth. Gausman had retired the first 14 batters he faced.

The Red Sox stopped the Orioles again with defense in the bottom of the fifth. Center fielder Bradley robbed Chris Davis of a solo homer with a leaping catch at the fence in right-center.


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