#RedSox Game Summary (June 4) A Star Is Born Again

#RedSox Game Summary (June 4) A star is born again. After generating a great deal of buzz, Andrew Benintendi went through a cold spell. Well, that spell is now officially over, as Benintendi went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs, a RBI single, and a walk to help power the Sox over the Orioles today. Boston starter Chris Sale continued with his early innings struggles, and seemed to throw lots of breaking balls, go deep into counts, and so threw 110 pitches over 6 innings. Not sure what’s going on there. His roughest inning was the first, when, after handed a 2 run lead, he proceeded to give both runs back plus one. He gave up a leadoff double to Joey Rickard, who scored on a Chris Davis single along with Manny Machado. Then Jonathan Schoop doubled to drive in the third Baltimore run. Fortunately, that was all the scoring for the O’s. The 2 runs that gave Chris his initial cushion came when Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled off Orioles starter Chris Tillman with the bases loaded to drive in 2 runs. In the 3rd inning, Benintendi added a third run to tie the score with a solo bomb to right center. In the 6th, the O’s decided to hand over the game to Boston. With the bases loaded and 2 out, a Tillman slider bounced in the dirt, inducing Mitch Moreland, who was on third, to think about scoring since it looked like a wild pitch. Well, catcher Francisco Peña was able to handle the ball, and attempted to pick Moreland off, but his throw sailed way down the third base foul line, enabling both Moreland and JBJ, who was on 2nd, to score. Benintendi got his second dinger in the 7th; another solo job. The Sox got an extra insurance run in the 9th when Mookie Betts walked, stole 2nd, and scored on a Benintendi single to right. Good thing, too, because it meant that the heavily used Craig Kimbrel could sit out the ending as Matt Barnes came on to finish things off. Schoop had a second double off Sale, and Manny Machado doubled twice in the game as well for Baltimore, but without scoring. Pablo Sandoval also doubled for Boston. So, the Sox have some momentum going into their important early season series against the Yankees at the Stadium. Boston beat Baltimore, 7-3, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Record: 31-25. Game 56/106.

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