Joe Kelly went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits taking a no-decision. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox walkoff against Orioles on Xander Bogaerts' bloop single

Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2015 - 6:27 pm
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Friday's Red Sox-Orioles game had a tense moment early on, and a thrilling moment at the end, as the Red Sox picked up their first walkoff win of the year. Xander Bogaerts' bloop to shallow right field with one out in the ninth inning scored Mike Napoli, as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-2. Napoli started the inning off with a walk, and got to second base on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Daniel Nava. "He'€™s doing it in a way where he'€™s not susceptible to any one side of the plate," manager John Farrell said of Bogaerts. "When Xander has been in good streaks, even in the minor leagues, he'€™s using the whole field. We saw it in Philadelphia in the first series, again tonight. Saw it in New York. He'€™s in a pretty good place offensively." Koji Uehara earned the win with a scoreless ninth. Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from the game in the fourth inning with a no-hitter intact after he hit Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the back of the shoulder by home plate umpire Jordan Baker. There were no warnings issued beforehand. The Orioles may have been upset with Sandoval for going hard into second base to break up a double play in the second inning. Jimenez had only allowed base runners on three walks over the first 3 2/3 innings. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Bogaerts. His hit gave the Red Sox the win, and he also had a hit earlier in the game. He became the youngest Red Sox player with a walk-off RBI since Jim Rice in 1975. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Red Sox starter Joe Kelly went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three. He threw 118 pitches, two shy of a career-high. The right-hander was still hitting 96 MPH on his fastball after being over 100 pitches, so it appears the bicep injury suffered in the spring is no longer a concern. The right-hander could've had better command, but he fought through and almost threw six full innings. The Orioles hitters also deserve credit for making him work for every pitch. "It was a grind," Kelly said. "Good hitting team and they were fouling off some pretty good pitches tonight. I was around the zone. I felt pretty good with my stuff. Like I said, they had a good game plan and a good approach. Put together some pretty good at-bats. I was just happy to keep the team close today. [Ryan Hanigan] came up big and our defense came up big too to keep the game close." -- Ryan Hanigan tied the game at two with a two-run home run in the fifth. The batter before, Xander Bogaerts, singled for the first Red Sox hit of the game and Hanigan then delivered with the homer. The Andover, Mass native certainly didn't get cheated for his first homer as a Red Sox, as it hit the AAA sign hanging over the Green Monster. -- Edward Mujica pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He got a big strikeout of Manny Machado with two outs in the fifth, the first batter he faced. He continued on into the seventh and allowed a hit, but no further damage. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Leading off the fifth inning, Caleb Joseph hit a home run that barely cleared the short wall by Pesky's Pole in right off Kelly. While attempting to make the catch, Shane Victorino hit the wall and fell awkwardly to the ground. Farrell and the trainer went out for a visit, but Victorino stayed in the game. It certainly wasn't a sight Red Sox fans wanted to see after all the injuries Victorino dealt with last season. "He'€™s fine. Physically he'€™s fine," Farrell said. -- Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3, including hitting into a double play. He also made an error in the field, his second of the season. He made two all of last year. -- Entering the game with a six-game hit streak, Mookie Betts went 0-for-3. -- The Red Sox had a chance to take the lead in the eighth with runners on first and second with one out and Sandoval at the plate. Facing lefty Brian Matusz, Sandoval had to hit right-handed and he promptly grounded into a double play. He's now 0-for-13 from the right side this season.

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