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Red Sox walk off with Game 1 win, but drop nightcap to Orioles

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera breaks his bat hitting a game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera breaks his bat hitting a game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, reaches on an infield single as Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce (28) gets the throw in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, reaches on an infield single as Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce (28) gets the throw in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis, right, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, left, holds onto the ball on a fielders choice in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis, right, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, left, holds onto the ball on a fielders choice in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski, right, reacts to his pop out in front of Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski, right, reacts to his pop out in front of Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez pitches in the first inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez pitches in the first inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Baltimore Orioles' Delmon Young,left, and Caleb Joseph, right,  celebrate after scoring on an error by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts in the third inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Baltimore Orioles' Delmon Young,left, and Caleb Joseph, right, celebrate after scoring on an error by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts in the third inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. scores on an error by Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce in the second inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. scores on an error by Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce in the second inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt, top, tags out Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple in the eighth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt, top, tags out Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple in the eighth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera breaks his bat hitting a game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, reaches on an infield single as Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce (28) gets the throw in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis, right, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, left, holds onto the ball on a fielders choice in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski, right, reacts to his pop out in front of Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez pitches in the first inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Baltimore Orioles' Delmon Young,left, and Caleb Joseph, right,  celebrate after scoring on an error by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts in the third inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. scores on an error by Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce in the second inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt, top, tags out Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple in the eighth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Herrera, center, celebrates his game-winning RBI single with teammates Xander Bogaerts, left, David Ross (3), Koji Uehara, second from right, and Mike Napoli, right, in the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Red Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Nelson Cruz went a career-best 5-for-5, including a solo home run and a bad-hop single that scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-4, last night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.

The Red Sox won the opener, 3-2, on Jonathan Herrera’s one-out, broken-bat RBI single off T.J. McFarland in the bottom of the ninth.

Cruz had two doubles and was thrown out at third in an attempt for the cycle in the eighth. Nick Hundley added a two-run homer in the second game as Baltimore overcame Boston starter John Lackey’s 11 strikeouts over 5.2 innings.

Stephen Drew homered in both games for the Red Sox, who have lost four of five. Drew hadn’t homered since Boston’s World Series clinching Game 6 win in October.

Brad Bach (3-0) and four other Baltimore relievers combined to shut down Boston in the second game after Ubaldo Jimenez gave up four runs, five hits with six walks while getting 11 outs.

While third baseman Manny Machado went 2-for-5 in the nightcap in his return from his five-game suspension for throwing a bat during a June 8 game against Oakland, Cruz carried Baltimore after a heartbreaking opening loss.

Cruz doubled, singled, hit a solo home run, his 27th, and finally chased Lackey with a single that took a big hop off the lip in front of third base in a three-run sixth.

Cruz doubled into the gap off Edward Mujica in the eighth, but was cut down at third on a relay throw from Drew. His average jumped to .286.

Lackey (9-6) was charged with five runs and 10 hits with 11 strikeouts, a much different outing than Boston got in the opener.

Jon Lester gave up two unearned runs, struck out seven and walked none in eight innings, but was denied his 10th win due to shoddy defense and poor hitting.

“Sometimes, for me, Jonny can get a little rattled. He didn’t today,” catcher David Ross said. “He really kept his poise. We didn’t play really good behind him. He kept his poise and was a real mature starter today with great stuff.”

After closer Koji Uehara (4-2) pitched a perfect ninth to keep it 2-2, Manager John Farrell went to his bench.

Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes legged out a leadoff infield single off McFarland (1-2). Ross bunted Gomes to second before Herrera, hitting for Jackie Bradley Jr., dropped a blooper to right that scored a sliding Gomes and snapped Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.

“I was ready. I was taking some swings in the cage,” said a smiling Herrera after the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with their sixth win in the last at-bat this season. “I was ready for that at-bat.”

“He broke the bat in half. Mac’s throwing the ball,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “We didn’t have many options there. Mac was our best option.”

The Orioles’ two runs came on Xander Bogaert’s two-out error in the third inning of a game being made up after Friday’s game was rained out.

Bogaerts was booed then and later when he struck out three times in an 0-for-4 outing that left him hitless in 27 at-bats. A.J. Pierzynski, filling in at DH with David Ortiz away to attend his daughter’s graduation, heard it from the fans with four infield pop outs.

But Lester kept Boston in it as he lowered his ERA to 2.73 in what’s been the best year of his career as the lefty heads into possible free agency in the offseason.

“Judging by today, I don’t think it was much of a distraction,” said Lester, adding that he didn’t believe contract talks would reopen soon. “I think both sides, right now, are happy with not talking right now.”

NOTES

∎ Ortiz went 1-for-4 in the nightcap after missing the opener to attend his daughter’s graduation in the Dominican Republic.

∎ The Red Sox committed five errors on the day.

∎ Orioles RHP Bud Norris (groin) threw a simulated game after the opener. Showalter said he’s a “candidate” to start Wednesday.

∎ Farrell said OF Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) could begin another rehabilitation assignment in a few days.

∎ The Orioles planned to recall RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start today’s series finale against Jake Peavy.

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