Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.
Herrera got enough of a 1-0 fastball from lefty T.J. McFarland for the first walk-off hit of his career as the Red Sox (39-47) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Koji Uehara (4-2) earned the win with a scoreless ninth while Jon Lester was marvelous for the Red Sox, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with no walk and seven strikeouts.
Miguel Gonzalez pitched a career-high tying eight innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts while McFarland (1-2), who allowed one earned run in June, absorbed the loss.
With the loss, the Orioles dropped to 46-40.
The Red Sox took the lead behind Stephen Drew’s solo shot that went over the visitors’ bullpen in right field. It was his first long ball since Game 6 of last year’s World Series.
Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a double before Brock Holt added an infield single. When first baseman Steve Pearce dropped the throw, Bradley alertly scooted around third and scored to make it 2-0.
In the third, Delmon Young reached on a throwing error by Dustin Pedroia before Caleb Joseph followed with a single.
With two outs, it looked like Lester was going to get out of the inning when Pearce hit a grounder to third but it went off the glove of Xander Bogaerts for an error, and the Orioles scored two runs on the play to tie the game at 2.