Carp, Gomes go deep as Red Sox end scoring drought in win over Orioles
Held in check by Baltimore’s pitchers for 18 consecutive innings, the Boston Red Sox finally played like the highest-scoring team in the major leagues.
Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes homered to back an effective pitching performance by John Lackey, and Boston beat the Orioles, 5-4, yesterday to end a five-game losing streak in Baltimore.
After dropping the first two games of the series, the Red Sox fell into an early 2-0 hole before bouncing back. Carp’s home run snapped an 18-inning scoring drought in the fourth, and Gomes made it 5-2 in the sixth with a solo shot that chased Baltimore starter Freddy Garcia (3-4).
Every starter except for Jarrod Saltalamacchia got at least one hit, including two by Gomes. Boston finished with nine hits, four for extra bases.
“Us getting shut out’s not going to last too long,” Gomes said. “We’ve got some pretty good hitters on this team.”
Including Carp, who’s been pressed into action at first base since Mike Napoli fell ill in the third inning of Thursday night’s game. Napoli was sent back to Boston yesterday so team doctors can determine why he’s been feeling groggy over the past few days.
Carp insisted that the Red Sox didn’t come into the game pressing to break out of their offensive funk.
“We don’t think about that,” he said. “We feel like we’re going to mash every day. It just takes one guy to get going, fortunately today it was me. Tomorrow it’s going to be another guy and so on and so forth.”
The victory increased Boston’s lead over second-place Baltimore in the AL East to 2 ½ games. The Red Sox lost three games at Camden Yards last September and were 0-2 this season, their longest dry spell in Baltimore since a seven-game stretch in 1969-70.
Lackey (4-5) gave up two runs, seven hits and a walk in seven innings to improve to 12-4 lifetime against the Orioles. It was the right-hander’s first win since May 25, even though he’s allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts this season.
Former Oriole Koji Uehara struck out the side in the eighth and Andrew Bailey gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the ninth before securing his eighth save.
The game ended when pinch-runner Alexi Casilla took off from first base on a one-out liner to right by Ryan Flaherty. Shane Victorino made the catch without much difficulty and threw out Casilla for the double play.
“Flaherty hit that ball very good,” Casilla said. “He crushed it over my head. I kind of started running and looked where Victorino was playing and thought no chance he was going to catch that ball. I guess I kept running. Bad read.”
Baltimore’s Manny Machado extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and hit his major league leading 31st double. Despite the loss, Baltimore has won 13 of its last 18 games against the Red Sox.
The Orioles took a 2-0 lead before Lackey got an out. After Nate McLouth singled off the pitcher’s foot and scored on a double by Machado, Nick Markakis singled and Adam Jones drove in a run with an infield hit. Lackey avoided further damage by retiring Wieters and J.J. Hardy with runners at second and third.
The Red Sox ended their season-high scoring drought with a three-run fourth. After Dustin Pedroia singled and Carp homered to tie it, Gomes singled and Stephen Drew ended a 4-for-31 skid with an RBI double.
Pedroia’s single came after home plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled he fouled off a third strike. In reality, Pedroia missed it.
∎ Red Sox rookie Jose Iglesias stretched his hitting streak to 16 games, longest by a Boston player this season.
∎ Boston RHP Clay Buchholz hasn’t sufficiently recovered from a sore neck and will not start Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Manager John Farrell said. Rubby De La Rosa will start in his place if he doesn’t pitch in relief before then.
RAYS 5, ROYALS 3
Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of the Rays’ win.
The Rays announced that Cobb, who remained conscious the whole time, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for further examination. Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn later said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion.
BLUE JAYS 6, RANGERS 1
Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus both hit two-run homers and the Blue Jays won their fourth game in a row, beat the sliding Rangers.
Even with the unexpected early return of second baseman Ian Kinsler from his rehabilitation assignment, the Rangers’ season-long losing streak reached five games.
ANGELS 6, YANKEES 2
Erick Aybar homered and drove in two runs, and Albert Pujols added two more RBI in the Angels’ victory that sent New York to its fifth straight defeat.
Tommy Hanson (4-2) recorded a season-high eight strikeouts while pitching five-hit ball into the seventh inning for the Angels, who have won three straight after a four-game skid.
The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira left in the fourth inning with an aggravated right wrist.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 0
Henry Blanco hit a sixth-inning grand slam in his Seattle debut to break a scoreless tie, Felix Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight decision, and the Mariners beat the Athletics.
ASTROS 4, WHITE SOX 3
Jason Castro and Chris Carter homered in the fourth inning to give Houston the lead and the Astros held on for a win over the White Sox.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3
Trevor Plouffe had three hits, including a two-run homer, in his return to the Twins lineup, and Sam Deduno held Detroit in check over seven innings in Minnesota’s victory.
Braves 6, Giants 5
Freddie Freeman’s bases-loaded, line-drive single off closer Sergio Romo capped a two-run rally in the ninth that lifted Atlanta over San Francisco.
B.J. Upton hit two homers off Chad Gaudin, but the Braves trailed 5-4 entering the ninth.
DODGERS 5, PIRATES 3, 11 INN.
Juan Uribe singled home Andre Ethier in the top of the 11th inning to rally Los Angeles to the victory over Pittsburgh.
Travis Snider capped a late Pittsburgh rally with a solo home run off Kenley Jansen with one out in the ninth to tie the game.
CUBS 5, METS 2
Scott Feldman allowed two hits in seven innings and Starlin Castro hit a two-run double to left in a three-run eighth inning that lifted Chicago clear of New York.
Feldman (6-5) struck out six and had a two-RBI single in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (3-6) to help himself on the way to his first win since May 29.
BREWERS 6, REDS 0
Juan Francisco drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and homer in a ballpark where he’s had some big moments, and Yovani Gallardo pitched six innings to lead Milwaukee’s blanking of Cincinnati.
Logan Schafer had three hits off Homer Bailey (4-5), his second straight three-hit game. Schafer is filling in for Ryan Braun, on the DL with an injured thumb.
ROCKIES 10, PHILLIES 5
Tyler Chatwood pitched five effective innings in his return from a triceps injury, Tyler Colvin homered during a six-run first inning, and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak by doubling up Philadelphia.
CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 7
Carlos Beltran homered from each side of the plate and tripled to lead a 17-hit attack, and Lance Lynn notched his ninth victory when St. Louis outslugged Miami.
NATIONALS 7, INDIANS 6
Anthony Rendon hit his first major league home run following Nick Swisher’s ninth-inning error to propel the Nationals to a win over Cleveland.
Two pitches after his foul popup fell between the Indians’ first baseman and second baseman Jason Kipnis, Rendon homered into the Nationals’ bullpen off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to stun the Indians and the crowd of 33,307.