BALTIMORE -- Hand this Red Sox offense seemingly any situation -- a rough outing from a starter, a poor showing in the field, a sticky night in the mid-Atlantic -- and it won't falter. Hand it a combination of the three, and it will prosper.It was that kind of night
BALTIMORE -- Hand this Red Sox offense seemingly any situation -- a rough outing from a starter, a poor showing in the field, a sticky night in the mid-Atlantic -- and it won't falter. Hand it a combination of the three, and it will prosper.
It was that kind of night for Boston in its 19-12 comeback win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday. Nathan Eovaldi was chased after 2 2/3 innings, the defense was sloppy and the humidity neared the 70s. Nevertheless, the offense returned the favor to Eovaldi with 16 hits, 10 walks (one intentional) and a season-high 19 runs.
"If you give us an inch, we'll take a mile," said Andrew Benintendi, whose three-run homer in the seventh inning put the game out of reach. "When the momentum kind of shifts our way, we tend to run with it."
Combine that with three long balls -- a pair off the homer-prone Dylan Bundy -- and Boston has taken seven of its last eight and 26 of its last 31. The Red Sox's American League East lead is now up to nine games.
It only came after Boston fell into an early 8-3 hole. But as has been the mantra all season long, the team never felt out of it. For the third time this season, the Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit to earn a win.
It was a stumble for Eovaldi, who, entering Friday, had not allowed a run in 15 innings of his first two starts with Boston. In those games, the Red Sox offense combined for just seven runs. The team nearly tripled that on Friday.
"It's definitely reassuring having them out there," Eovaldi said of the confidence that comes pitching behind an elite offense. "But I have to go deeper into games. … Just the struggles I had out there, I have to find a way to get through it."
Offense came early, from Xander Bogaerts' 17th homer to open the scoring at 3-0, Brock Holt's solo shot to kickstart a six-run sixth inning and Benintendi's 15th of the year, which broke a 23-game homerless skid for the outfielder.
But the Red Sox also took what the Orioles' pitching staff gave them. Two of the 10 walks scored runs, and it wasn't until the eighth inning that Boston's most lethal hitter -- J.D. Martinez -- joined the party to become the first hitter in the Majors with over 100 RBIs.
However, in a four-plus hour game with a doubleheader looming Saturday, the Red Sox were forced to go to their bullpen in the third inning and used seven pitchers along the way. As such, Thomas Pomeranz came out of the 'pen for the first time in 2018 and took the win for his scoreless inning of relief.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bogaerts, Devers rewarded for patience: After Holt's homer started the rally, a pair of walks drew the most praise from manager Alex Cora. After Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases, Bogaerts and Rafael Devers drew back-to-back walks for the game-tying and go-ahead runs. It was the second time in the past three games Bogaerts walked in a run after Martinez was intentionally walked.
"Good at-bat after another good one," Cora said. "You keep the line moving and the big dogs are going to be at the plate with traffic out there. … [Devers] didn't join the party as far as the hits went, but that walk -- that was a great at-bat."
Holt starts the rally: Holt only has two homers this season, but his second, which led off the sixth inning Friday, was a jolt. His Statcast™-projected 398-foot shot to right began a six-run inning for the Red Sox, which was capped off by a two-run single from none other than Holt again.
"That shows the depth in our lineup, that we can start from anywhere. It shows what kind of lineup we have and that we keep it going," said Betts, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. "We make pitchers work. And we did a good job of making Bundy and those guys make pitches over and over again and took advantage of the mistakes."
The Red Sox tied their season high for largest deficit erased in a win. After trailing 8-3 in the third, Boston exploded for 16 runs across the final six innings.
HE SAID IT
"He's been patient the last few days, which tells me he's about to get hot. Really hot. He's staying in the zone. He's the guy that has a green light at 3-0, and he's ready to hit. There are borderline pitches or pitches on the edges of the zone and he's taking them, so that's a good sign." -- Cora, on Bogaerts
After taking a no-decision in his last start, David Price will get the ball in Game 1 of Saturday's split doubleheader at Camden Yards. Price, who will be opposed by righty Jimmy Yacabonis, had his last start in Baltimore cut short due to rain despite pitching well early. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.
Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter at @zachsilver .