BALTIMORE (AP) — Jorge Mateo scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning on a pitch error by pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura, capping a comeback that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday night.
Baltimore had runners up first and second with no outs in the 10th when Robinson Chirinos dropped a bunt in front of the mound. Sawamura (0-1) picked up the ball and threw it well over third baseman Rafael Devers’ head, allowing Mateo to score easily.
Held hitless until the sixth inning and trailing 1-0 in the eighth, the Orioles rallied to end a five-game skid.
Jorge López (2-1) pitched two no-hitter innings for Baltimore. In the 10th, he retired Alex Verdugo with two outs and runners on the corners.
Xander Bogaerts drove in the Red Sox’s only race.
Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter offer and a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out 17 of the first 18 batters he faced — the only runner reaching on an error — before Cedric Mullins doubled the left field line with two outs in the sixth.
Eovaldi allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none.
In the seventh, the Orioles used two singles and a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Eovaldi then ended his masterful performance by taking out Tyler Nevin.
But Baltimore tied in the eighth against Matt Barnes. Mullins doubled with two outs and scored on a single down the middle by Anthony Santander.
Boston got the upper hand in the first inning when Trevor Story hit the first pitch of the game for a double, advanced down a pitch and headed home on Bogaerts’ single after a drawn infield.
Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins allowed one run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Red Sox: JD Martinez has missed a third straight game with a groin injury. He was in the original starting lineup before being scratched. “I just put him in the lineup until he told me not to,” manager Alex Cora said. “He went there, he still feels it, so we went with plan B.” Christian Arroyo took over in DH for Martinez, who is expected to return on Sunday.
Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde had no updates on injured pitchers Chris Ellis (right shoulder inflammation) and Alexander Wells (left elbow inflammation). “They’re still being checked, still getting treatment,” Hyde said.
Eovaldi has walked two or fewer in a career-high 24 successive games. In this one, 67 of his 95 shots were in the strike zone.
Devers hits the ball well, plays his position effectively and is clearly having fun in the big leagues. “It’s fun being him,” Cora said. “He (said) last year that he was playing baseball, making a lot of money and hitting home runs. We love him. We don’t take him for granted either. We know he’s 25 and still learning, but so far you see the product, we’re very proud of him.
Red Sox: Struggling RHP Nick Pivetta (0-3, 8.27 ERA) will try to get back on track in Sunday’s series finale. Pivetta is 6-1 lifetime against Baltimore, a stat he hopes will surpass Boston’s 1-10 record in his last 11 starts.
Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles (1-2, 5.40) makes his fifth start with Baltimore. In his last outing, Lyles gave up three homers to the Yankees in a 12-8 loss on Tuesday.
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