The Baltimore Orioles hit four home runs in Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox en route to a 6-0 win. With the loss, Boston drops to second place in the American League East, just a half game behind Tampa Bay who won their game Friday night. The Orioles are now 3.5 games out of first place.
Adam Jones hit two homers, both to left field, to help the Orioles crush the Red Sox. JJ Hardy and Manny Machado added to the homer total by hitting solo shots themselves. Machado's came in the 7th to put the Orioles up 5-0 and Hardy's hit was the last hit of the game, coming in the 8th to extend the lead to 6-0.
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The Orioles took an early lead in the first inning thanks to Jones' first homer, a two-run shot. Nick Markakis started things off with a single, bringing Jones to the plate. He belted a homer to right field, bringing Markakis home and putting the Orioles up two.
Chris Tillman (13-3) was the starting pitcher for the Orioles. He struggled in the beginning of the game, but soon calmed down and had an impressive night. In the first inning, he let the Red Sox load the bases. But he was able to retire the next batter and Boston left three on. The rest of the game went smoothly for Tillman. He allowed only two hits and struck out eight batters in seven quality innings. The last seven batters Tillman faced, he retired. He is now the first Orioles 13-game winner since Erik Bedard in 2007.
After Tillman's seven quality innings, both Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson got a chance on the mound. Each gave up one run, but held the Red Sox scoreless.
In the third inning, the Orioles lead was stretched to 3-0 courtesy of Machado. Nate McClouth began the inning by hitting a triple against the wall in the gap between center and left field. Machado then stretched and drove a hit passed short stop, bringing McClouth home and posting his 50th RBI of the season.
Jones' second homer came in the fourth. Friday night's game was Jones' third career multi-homer game.
Baltimore leads the series 1-0. They're back in action tonight, July 27th at 7:05 ET, against Boston.