Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Red Sox take series from O's

BALTIMORE — David Ortiz had three of the Red Sox's 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen, and Boston got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday night.

Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in the season-opening series. In 12 at-bats Bogaerts had five hits and three walks.

"I'm really happy the way things are going so far,'' Bogaerts said. "We lost the first one, but we came right back and won the next two."

Of Boston's 14 hits, 12 were singles. The Red Sox amassed 33 hits in the three games, five by Ortiz.

Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.

Boston's bullpen maintained its 0.00 ERA.

"That's going to be critical until we get to the point where we can push the starters a little bit more, or until their efficiency continues to climb," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Chris Capuano got three straight outs in the seventh, Junichi Tazawa worked the eighth and Koji Uehara needed seven pitches to retire the side in the ninth for his first save.

Boston's bullpen allowed six hits over 71/3 innings in the series, and the Red Sox gave up only seven runs overall.

"That's why they were the last team standing last year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They pitched better than everybody else for the most part.''

"They threw well against us in three games, but you know, luckily it's a long season," Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "We'll see them again."

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