Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Chris Davis: Chris Davis hits second homer

Chris Davis: Chris Davis hits second homer

The utility man's seventh career homer erased a 3-1 deficit in the fourth and made a victor out of starter Michael Fulmer (1-0), who finished strong after allowing three runs in the first three innings. Ubaldo went 4 ⅓ innings, allowing eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The Red Sox caught a break when shortstop J.J. Hardy botched a grounder that could have started a double play and get the Orioles out of the threat. After falling behind 2-0 on RBI hits from Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo, Wright went into full batting practice mode.

In their most complete offensive performance of the season, the Orioles clubbed four mammoth home runs off knuckleballer Steven Wright before Wright could even record five outs and split the two-game series with a 12-5 win. "One pitch, and McCutchen hit a ball - he's got power and he's a good hitter".

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It appears Pomeranz has put his spring training troubles behind him as he allowed only four hits and walked one while fanning six.

In the top of the third inning Mancini started the inning with a full count line drive that just got over the wall inside the foul pole in left field. That marked the fifth home run of the night for the Orioles and gave the team a 9-0 lead.

"Our catchers are doing an outstanding job offensively and defensively", Farrell said. When Wright is at the top of his game, hitting his knuckleball is more hard than trying to slice a mosquito in half with a sword. He's hitting just.133 (4 for 30) with two homers and seven RBIs. But before you could start feeling any sense of ease, Jimenez started to unravel. The right fielder almost scored a run on Ramirez's double but was called out after a review. If ERod can go 6 or 7 innings deep, the bullpen should be rested enough to close things out.

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Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez rounds first on a two-RBI triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He's not going to be very consistent, but he should prove more productive than he was in 2016.

But, with a tenuous two-run lead in the eighth, relievers Daniel Hudson and Juan Nicasio combined to allow three runs, sending the Pirates to their fourth consecutive loss. Yet, they still find a way to win. But nope. It was too much to ask. A third run came on a single by Mookie Betts, who advanced to second on a throwing error by right fielder Craig Gentry.

- Another day, another double for Mitch Moreland. Really a nice showing by Givens.

Pittsburgh is 1-4 in their last 5 inter-league games and 0-6 in their last 6 road games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall.

"The Red Sox are the only ones who have it, huh?" The single brought Farrell out of the dugout to call on right-hander Joe Kelly. He came in to score on a single by Schoop. Their 12 runs and 17 hits were both season-highs. "Just the overall power was very encouraging to see tonight from Drew".

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (0-1, 6.55 ERA) is set to start against RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 6.00) Friday afternoon in the first of three day games in Chicago.

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