When asked what might be causing this run, Benintendi did not think there was a real answer. But the left fielder said the Red Sox were simply looking for good pitches to hit, and they did -- especially him. The club did a good job of keeping the pressure on the Orioles pitchers, finishing with nine hits and going 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
"When you can keep that line moving, kind of get to the next guy, things tend to go well," Benintendi said. "It's a tough game. It's always going back and forth, and it never really stops."
Benintendi's solo homer off starter David Hess (2-3) gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the third. Benintendi also drew a bases-loaded walk off Hess in the fourth.
Rafael Devers had put the Red Sox in front, 2-1, with a two-run blast in the second. Devers now has 10 homers this season and 20 for his career, putting him third in team history for players before they turned 22.
Devers said he's hit home runs throughout his career, and that is continuing with the Red Sox.
"I've always been someone who hits for power," he said through an interpreter. "I've hit various home runs in my career so far, but I think of myself as more of a contact hitter even though I'm striking out a lot right now. But hopefully that changes."
"Eduardo was good; I think the next step for him is to go deeper into the game and to keep that pitch count down," Cora said. "He did the job. I'm not saying that we're not pleased with the result, but I feel that there's more there. I think the next step is for him to get to six, seven innings -- and he can do it."
SOUND SMART J.D. Martinez went 1-for-2 and reached base in four of his five times up. He now has reached base in 20 consecutive games versus the Orioles, batting .394 during that time and going 26-for-66 through that run.
HE SAID IT "It's always that cat-and-mouse game between pitcher and hitter, and it can turn quickly. So you've just got to stay on your toes and adjust." -- Benintendi
UP NEXT The Red Sox will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles when Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) tries to snap a personal three-game losing streak in a 3:05 p.m. ET game Wednesday. Baltimore will counter with Yefry Ramirez, who will be making his Major League debut.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.