08/18 17:30 CDT Red-hot Devers helps Red Sox rally past Orioles, 13-7
Red-hot Devers helps Red Sox rally past Orioles, 13-7
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON (AP) --- Standing in the middle of Boston's clubhouse answering
questions, a baby-faced Rafael Devers found himself immersed in Red Sox history.
Devers went 4 for 5 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs to reach 101 this
season, and Boston rallied from an early six-run deficit for a 13-7 victory
Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.
The 22-year-old Devers joined Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Jim
Rice as the only Red Sox players to have a 100-RBI season before turning 23. He
also has already scored 100 runs this year, matching Williams (1939 and '40) as
the only two to post those totals before their 23rd birthday.
"The kid just keeps working. He's not taking anything for granted," Boston
manager Alex Cora said. "Every day he shows, sticks to his routine, he studies
and goes out there and performs the way he's doing. It's fun to watch."
J.D. Martinez added three hits and two RBIs, and Sam Travis hit a solo homer
for the Red Sox, who won their fifth straight as they try to climb out of a
deep hole for the second AL wild card. Boston trails Tampa Bay by 6 games.
In his last eight games, Devers is 20 for 37 with 12 extra-base hits and 14
"Obviously, it feels good to be a part of that group, but overall I'm just
trying to help the team win," he said through a translator. "That's what I'm
more focused on."
Renato Nez had a three-run homer and four RBIs, and Trey Mancini hit a
two-run single for last-place Baltimore, which dropped its seventh in a row.
Trailing 6-3 in the sixth inning, the Red Sox completed their comeback and took
the lead with six runs. Christian Vzquez drove in the first with an RBI
double. Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland followed with a shallow fly against Paul
Fry (1-5) that dropped in behind shortstop between three players with a shifted
Travis scored easily from third and Vzquez raced home when shortstop Jonathan
Villar threw wildly to the plate. Devers followed with a go-ahead double off
the Green Monster before Xander Bogaerts and Martinez each had a run-scoring
infield hit. The second came when reliever Shawn Armstrong was late covering
"Should've been out of there with a two-run lead and unfortunately it
steamrolled on us," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.
Marcus Walden (8-2), the fourth of six relievers, got the win by working a
Held to one run over the first two games of the series, the Orioles jumped
ahead when Nez's drive left Fenway Park over the Monster. Mancini's single
made it 5-0 and Hanser Alberto added an RBI double.
Boston chipped away with two in the third before Travis homered into the center
field batter's eye an inning later.
Making his first start since April 17, Boston's Nathan Eovaldi was roughed up
for five runs in two innings.
He didn't look sharp from the beginning, giving up a double to Villar on his
third pitch before walking Mancini. Overall, the right-hander walked three and
threw two wild pitches.
The 29-year-old Eovaldi was sidelined for nearly three months and made 11
relief appearances after surgery to remove a loose body from his right elbow in
"I felt fine physically," he said. "I was just all over the place. I wasn't
able to execute my pitches when I needed to."
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Boston's half of the sixth lasted 39 minutes, with the Red Sox getting six hits
and three walks before it finally ended when Travis struck out with the bases
They followed with another four runs in the seventh, with Devers' two-run homer
the key hit.
Baltimore starter Ty Blach left with a 6-3 lead and two on in the sixth.
"You control the things that you can control as a pitcher and go out there and
try to execute as many pitches as you can," he said. "That's how you have to
Orioles: C Chance Sisco was shaken up after Travis collided with him, scoring a
run. Sisco stayed in, but later in the inning was hit by a foul ball in the
midsection and had to come out.
Red Sox: Cora said LHP Chris Sale will see Dr. James Andrews in Florida on
Monday. Sale was put on the 10-day injured list Saturday after an MRI showed
inflammation in his pitching elbow. The lefty hasn't spoken to reporters since
going on the IL. "He just wants to be straight up and have all the information
when he talks to you guys," Cora said. ... LHP David Price (left wrist cyst)
played catch in the outfield after throwing a bullpen Saturday.
Orioles: LHP John Means (8-8, 3.76 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game
series against Kansas City at Camden Yards on Monday night. RHP Jorge Lopez
(1-7, 6.51) goes for the Royals.
Red Sox: Begin a two-game interleague series versus Philadelphia at Fenway Park
on Tuesday. Cora hadn't announced a starter yet.
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