Brock Holt

Closing Time: Brock Holt's 3-run homer snaps tie, leads Red Sox over Orioles

Ryan Hannable
April 24, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Through the first 16 games of the season, the Red Sox have made it a habit to capitalize on their opponents mistakes. Friday was no different, as the Red Sox were given an extra out on a Manny Machado error with two outs in the eighth inning and the next batter, Brock Holt, made him pay with a three-run home run. The homer snapped a 4-4 tie and gave the Red Sox an eventual 7-5 win over the Orioles. Pablo Sandoval worked a two-out walk and then pinch-hitter Allen Craig's grounder got by Machado at third, which was ruled an error. Holt then stepped in and belted a three-run home run over the wall in right. It was his first homer of the season. With a three-run lead, Junichi Tazawa allowed a solo home run to Chris Davis in the eighth, but fortunately it was just a solo home run and then Koji Uehara came on for a scoreless ninth to pick up the save. It was an up-and-down outing for Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, who made it into the seventh inning, but couldn't record an out. He allowed the first two batters to reach and was pulled in favor of Craig Breslow. Breslow allowed one of the inherited runners to score, which tied the game at four. Porcello went six-plus innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out seven. For the first time this season he didn't eclipse the 100-pitch mark, as he was removed after throwing 91 pitches. He was given a two-run lead going into the fifth, but allowed single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to take a no-decision. The Red Sox have now won all six series openers this season. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Holt. His home run snapped the four-all tie in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2-for-4 and is now hitting .424 on the year. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Porcello had a tremendous start to the game, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning when Machado singled up the middle. The right-hander struck out six of the first seven hitters he faced. -- David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. With two outs, Mookie Betts walked and Dustin Pedroia singled setting the stage for Ortiz, who hit a towering home run that barely cleared the wall in right-center. Ramirez then belted his sixth home run of the year to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead at the time. -- Alexi Ugando (win) got a huge strikeout in the seventh inning in relief of Breslow to keep the game tied with the go-ahead run at third base. -- Betts reached base four times -- two singles and two walks. He came into the game 2-for-11 on the road trip. -- Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a walk in the win. He came into the game just 2-for-12 on the road trip. WHAT WENT WRONG -- The home run ball continues to be an issue to open the year for Porcello, as Jimmy Paredes ripped a two-run home run to right field in the fourth inning, the second Orioles hit of the game. He's allowed six home runs in just four starts this year, the most in the majors. -- It wasn't exactly sound defense for the Red Sox. Ramirez continues to have issues in left, as he missed a routine fly ball in the fifth inning, but the play was ruled a double. Sandoval also committed a throwing error in the sixth, his third of the season. -- Mike Napoli went 0-for-5 in the game and his average is now down to .143 on the year. -- Ramirez left the game in the top of the ninth inning after fouling a pitch off his foot.