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Much like the post office, the rain could not stop the Boston Red Sox on Monday night against the Orioles. The Red Sox offense exploded in the fifth inning, and the bullpen did just enough to hold on to the lead. Rick Porcello took the mound for the Red Sox, facing off against Kevin Gausman.
Boston Red Sox Win In the Rain, 5-3
The game lasted just seven pitches before the first rain delay set in. After a 41 minute delay, the Red Sox went quietly to finish the first inning. However, Mitch Moreland scored the game’s first run on a solo shot to right center field. The lefty first baseman had been in a bit of a rut, and it’s good to see him swinging the bat well again.
While Gausman kept the Red Sox offense in check for the first four innings, the wheels fell off the wagon for him in the fifth inning. Gausman lost his control, loading the bases for Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley drew a walk, making it a 2-0 game while keeping the bases loaded for Mookie Betts. While Mookie struck out, Andrew Benintendi drove a ground-rule double the other way, driving in two and sending Gausman out of the game. Miguel Castro came in to face J.D. Martinez, who promptly drove JBJ home. In all, the Sox batted around and left the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead.
Porcello bounced back from an ugly outing to post another great start. The righty threw six scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one batter on 90 pitches. He likely could have gone deeper into the game, but two separate rain delays limited how deep he could pitch.
Brandon Workman took the mound in the eighth and made things a little interesting. Workman allowed an infield single to start the inning and a home run on the very next batter. All of a sudden, it was a 5-2 game. Fortunately, Workman minimized the damage and the Sox entered the ninth with a three-run lead.
Craig Kimbrel took the hill for the ninth and closed the door. While it wasn’t pretty, Kimbrel did manage to secure the save. With the win, the Red Sox improved to 71-31 on the season. The Yankees lost their game to the Tampa Bay Rays, so the Sox now hold a six-game lead in the AL East.
The Sox look to continue their winning ways tomorrow. Drew Pomeranz makes his return from the disabled list, facing off against Yefry Ramirez. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM, but rain is in the forecast.