Justin Masterson allowed a run over five innings to pick up the win against the Orioles. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox take advantage of Orioles mistakes in rain-shortened Patriots Day win

Ryan Hannable
April 20, 2015 - 11:07 am
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The Red Sox lineup is dangerous with the standard three outs. Give them more than three outs is asking for disaster. Taking full advantage of getting extra outs, the Red Sox rolled to a 7-1 win over the Orioles on Patriots Day at Fenway Park. The game was stopped because of rain the the middle of the seventh inning at 1:25 p.m., and officially called at 3:08 p.m. Baltimore committed three errors leading to five unearned runs. The Red Sox batted around in the third inning, scoring five unearned runs, while only recording one hit in the frame. Orioles Starter Wei-Yin Chen misplayed a Mookie Betts come-backer allowing the first run to score, and then later in the inning with two outs, third baseman Manny Machado misplayed a Shane Victorino grounder down the line allowing two more runs to score. "The errors kid of gift-wrapped or built into the four-run inning along with some base on balls were built into the four-run inning along with some base on balls," manager John Farrell said. "At this level you get extra outs you're asking for trouble and it's happened to us defensively. Hopefully we stay on the positive side of it." Chen went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (all unearned) on just three hits, but he walked five. Red Sox starter Justin Masterson delivered his best start of the season, allowing one run over five innings, while picking up six strikeouts. His fastball averaged in the high-80's, but he was able to have success with a good slider keeping the Orioles hitters off balance. "He battled the elements and was able to use his fastball-slider combination effectively," Farrell said. "I think the most impressive thing was he had a couple of long innings and he was still able to come out and get loose and keep the feel of the baseball on a day where the conditions probably weren't the greatest." The Red Sox improved to 69-51 on Patriots Day and have won 11 of the last 15 since 2001. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Betts. The center fielder once again was a spark plug at the top of the order, giving the Red Sox momentum from the start, stealing second, taking third on an error and scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. He went 1-for-4 overall, but reached base twice while scoring two runs. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Betts continues to make things happen on the bases. After leading off the bottom of the first with a single -- snapping an 0-for-11 slide -- he stole second base and when the throw from Ryan Lavarnway skipped away he took off for third. Betts would score on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly. In the third inning he reached on an error and also scored another run. -- Mike Napoli picked up his first RBI of the season in the third inning. It came on a bases loaded walk, his eighth walk of the season, which is tied for the team-lead. -- Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI double in the sixth inning, scoring Ryan Hanigan all the way from first. He finished the homestand 8-for-21 (.381). -- Hanigan reached base three times in the win -- a single and two hit by pitches. He also scored two runs. -- Allen Craig snapped an 0-for-13 skid with an RBI single in the sixth inning. He also walked in his first plate appearance of the game. -- Junichi Tazawa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief of Masterson, while Robbie Ross Jr. induced a double play against the only batter he faced. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Pedroia continues to struggle with runners in scoring position, as he struck out with Betts on third in the first inning. He's now 1-for-14 on the year with runners in scoring position with four strikeouts. -- Hanley Ramirez left the game prior to the top of the third due to illness. Craig replaced him in left field.