Monday, April 11, 2016

Crush-ing blow in 9th moves O's to 6-0

 Chris Davis crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to lift the undefeated Orioles to a 9-7 victory over the Red Sox in Monday's home opener at Fenway Park.
According to Statcast™, the blast by Davis against new Boston closer Craig Kimbrel had an exit velocity of 111-mph and traveled a projected 426 feet. The 0-1 pitch from Kimbrel was a 97-mph fastball and Davis hammered it to straightaway center.
The Orioles are the only team in the Majors to remain unbeaten. It's the club's first 6-0 start since the move to Baltimore.
As was the case for Kimbrel, this wasn't the home debut David Price was looking to have for the Red Sox (3-3). The lefty threw 103 pitches in five innings, giving up five hits and five runs while walking two and striking out eight. His downfall was the third, when he threw 30 pitches and gave up a five-spot. Yovani Gallardo turned in a similar performance for Baltimore, giving up seven hits and five runs over five innings.
The game had several shifts in momentum. The Red Sox struck first with four straight hits to open the first, including RBI singles by Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz en route to a 3-0 lead. But the Orioles got it all back and then some in that five-run third, with a three-run homer to right-center by Mark Trumbo serving as the big hit against Price.
Boston tied it in the fourth, only to have the Orioles reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Jonathan Schoop. The Red Sox again bounced back with a run in the bottom of the frame, turning the game into a battle of bullpens. Kimbrel blinked first.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Crush Davis: Davis, last year's Major League leader in home runs (47), delivered a big one on Monday afternoon. It marked the third homer of the season for the first baseman, who drove in five of the Orioles' nine runs.
Holt's hustle sparks Red Sox: Brock Holt helped to create a momentum change in the sixth inning. In the top of the frame, he made a sprawling catch toward the corner in left to take an extra-base hit away from Caleb Joseph. Not only that, but Holt fired to second to double off Schoop to end the inning and keep Boston's deficit to 6-5. He then walked in the bottom half of the frame, advanced to third on a single and scored the game-tying run on a ground ball by Jackie Bradley Jr.

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