Rafael Devers saved Saturday’s game with his defense.
Devers made a tremendous play on a grounder Orioles’ Trey Mancini hit down the third base line with the bases loaded in the eighth to keep Boston’s deficit at 4-3.
Devers ranged to his right to field the ball at deep third base. He fired a one-hopper from the grass to Bobby Dalbec to end the inning. The Red Sox then scored in the top of the ninth to tie it and added two more runs in the 10th inning to win.
Boston posted its fifth straight victory, beating the Orioles 6-4 at Camden Yards.
Devers had a nice all-around game. He delivered an RBI single in the first inning and bashed a 435-foot homer against Orioles starter Bruce Zimmermann to give Boston a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
Bobby Dalbec hit a grounder to shortstop with runners at the corners and one out in the ninth. He hustled to first to avoid double play and tie the game.
Chavis scores the go-ahead run
Michael Chavis might return to the taxi squad Sunday. But he first contributed to a Red Sox win Saturday.
Manager Alex Cora chose Chavis as the runner to begin the 10th inning at second base. Chavis made it to third base on Kiké Hernández’s sacrifice fly to center, then scored on Dillon Tate’s wild pitch.
Christian Vázquez added an RBI single to put the Red Sox ahead by two runs.
Chavis was recalled before the game when J.D. Martinez was placed on the COVID-related injured list due to cold-like symptoms. The Red Sox don’t believe Martinez has coronavirus but the slugger needs to test negative twice before returning. He might be back as early as Sunday.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 in the first inning. Devers hit an RBI single, then got picked off first base. But he remained in a rundown for enough time to allow Xander Bogaerts to score from second base.
Ottavino gives up lead in eighth
Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino looked sharp while recording two outs in the seventh inning. But he struggled in the eighth. He got ahead in the count 0-2 against DJ Stewart and Freddy Galvis but he failed to put away both Orioles batters in the eighth inning.
Stewart doubled against Ottavino to put runners at second and third base with no outs. Maikel Franco then hit a weak fielder’s choice (59.2 mph off the bat). First baseman Bobby Dalbec was playing in and tried to throw out Ryan Mountcastle at the plate but it wasn’t even close.
That tied the game 3-3. Galvis then delivered the go-ahead RBI single to left field to put the O’s.
Richards goes 5 innings
Red Sox starter Garrett Richards settled in after allowing back-to-back solo homers with one out in the first inning.
Trey Mancini blasted a 95.4 mph four-seam fastball from Richards 427 feet over the right-center field wall to cut the Orioles’ deficit to 2-1. The ball left Mancini’s bat with a 111.9 mph exit velocity. It was his first homer run since returning from Stage 3 colon cancer.
Anthony Santander tied it 2-2 when he bashed a curveball from Richards for a 407-foot homer to center.
Richards allowed just one hit over his final 4 ⅔ innings.
He didn’t throw his sinker at all Saturday after throwing just one in his first start.
Hernandez’s velo increase
Darwinzon Hernandez pitched a scoreless sixth inning and recorded the first out of the seventh, averaging 96.0 mph with his 16 four-seam fastballs and topping out at 97.1 mph, per Baseball Savant.
Hernandez’s fastball had averaged 94.5 mph in his first three outings this season.