In his career start during Fenway Park, Rich Hill done some sorcery on Friday night with some useful assistance from Mookie Betts.
The lefthander from Milton was shining opposite a Baltimore Orioles, throwing a two-hit shutout as a Sox rolled to a 7-0 victory.
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With a curtain on second and dual outs in a ninth inning, Hill threw his 116th pitch. Chris Davis battered a curveball to right margin for what looked like a certain home run.
Betts raced behind to a bullpen wall and done a fantastic leaping locate to safety a shutout.
It was a initial shutout by a Sox pitcher this deteriorate and a initial nine-inning shutout with dual or fewer hits given Jon Lester one-hit a Blue Jays on May 10, 2013.
Hill (2-0) walked one and struck out 10.
In 3 vital joining starts this deteriorate — his initial starts given 2009 — a 35-year-old Hill has authorised 3 runs on 10 hits over 23 innings. He has struck out 30 and walked two.
The Orioles never came tighten to scoring until a final play. Hill authorised a leadoff singular in a initial inning afterwards late 16 straight. When Baltimore put dual runners on bottom in a sixth inning, he struck out Manny Machado to finish a inning.
David Ortiz was 3 for 4 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs as a Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (3-7) authorised 5 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings.
Betts drew a travel with dual outs in a third inning and scored when Dustin Pedroia singled and Ortiz doubled. Pedroia was thrown out during a image perplexing to measure behind Betts.
Brock Holt, who started in left margin in place of a resting Rusney Castillo, walked in a fifth inning. Sandy Leon bunted him to second. Holt took third when Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out and scored on a furious pitch.
The Sox scored 3 times in a sixth inning. Pedroia walked and Bogaerts singled before Ortiz sent a double to right field, a round removing over a conduct of rookie Dariel Alvarez, who was personification his initial diversion during Fenway Park.
Pedroia scored and Bogaerts was right behind him. That knocked Gausman out of a game. Ortiz scored on a two-out singular by Holt that came off T.J. McFarland.
Bogaerts singled in a eighth inning and scored on an Ortiz double to left margin off lefthander Brian Matusz. It was usually a fourth strike for Ortiz in 29 career at-bats opposite Matusz. Three of them have been doubles.
Jeff Rutledge splash ran for Ortiz and scored on a singular by Holt.
Hill, a 35-year-old lefthander from Milton, had 10 strikeouts for a third uninterrupted start. He walked only one. His other shutout came in 2006 while pitching for a Chicago Cubs.
David Ortiz gathering in 3 runs for a Red Sox, including a two-run double in a three-run sixth.Peter Abraham can be reached during email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.