April 2: Red Sox-Orioles live updates

April 2: Red Sox-Orioles live updates

Steve Silva has your live updates from Camden Yards in Baltimore as the Red Sox face the Orioles in Game 2 of the season.

Final: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 

As former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan was fond of saying: 6, 2 and even.

The Red Sox evened their 2014 record at 1-1 after a 6-2 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards Wednesday night behind the strong starting pitching of John Lackey and the big bat of first baseman Mike NAPoli -- not NaPOLi, Mr. President.

Napoli's two-run single extended the Red Sox lead to 6-2 in the top of the seventh inning, and that lead would hold up. Right fielder Daniel Nava led off the inning with a single, then Dustin Pedroia followed with a soft ground ball to Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty who committed an error on the throw to first base allowing the runners to advance to second and third. Reliever Ryan Webb then intentionally walked David Ortiz, and Napoli made the Orioles pay as the Sox first baseman belted a line drive two-RBI base hit scoring Nava and Pedroia and giving him four RBIs on the night.

In the fifth inning, Napoli homered on an 0-2 pitch from Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiminez to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead. Nava, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, came in on the two-run shot by the burly Red Sox first baseman.

Last season, Napoli tied for the MLB lead with six games with at least 4 RBIs.

Lackey was cruising along into the fourth inning before Game 1 Orioles star Nelson Cruz crushed his second home run of the season with Chris Davis aboard to tie the game at 2-2.

In the top of the third, Ortiz crushed a Jiminez pitch way over the wall in right field for his first home run of the season with Pedroia aboard to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead that wouldn't hold up for long.

The deep blast was Ortiz's 432d career home run, passing Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. (431) for sole possession of 45th place on the all-time MLB career home run list.

The inning prior, Pedroia made a spectacular defensive play when he dove into the hole directly behind second base and threw out Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to end the second inning.

After giving up a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, Lackey retired the next 11 batters, getting four O's to strike out, before the Orioles rallied to get on the board.

Lackey's night ended after six innings of solid work. He threw 90 pitches, 68 for strikes, giving up just three hits and two runs on the Cruz homer, walking one and striking out six Orioles.

Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica made his debut with Boston tonight, he worked the seventh inning, giving up a single and recording a strike out before being replaced by Junichi Tazawa, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Closer extraordinaire Koji Uehara came on to finish off the Orioles in the ninth in a non-save situation. Uehara would load the bases, but closed things out and the Red Sox came away with the win.
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