Drew Pomeranz threw six shutout innings in his 2017 debut and the offense rapped out fifteen hits as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-1 at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
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Pomeranz (pictured) gave up a leadoff single in the seventh before giving way to Heath Hembree who allowed the inherited runner to score. His line was one run (earned) on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The Sox erupted for three runs in the bottom of the seventh, aided by an error by shortstop J.J. Hardy, and a bloop single behind second base that probably should have been caught. Pedroia drove in two with a soft single up the middle and Andrew Benintendi drove in another with a frozen rope to right.
Matt Barnes overpowered three Orioles hitters in the eighth inning striking out two in the process. Joe Kelly came on in the ninth to close things out.
Christian Vazquez tripled home two more in the eighth. He led Boston with a four-for-four night. Pedroia brought him in with an infield single for his fourth RBI.
The win was Pomeranz's first ever at Fenway Park. Mitch Moreland doubled for the fifth game in a row. Pedroia extended his hitting streak to seven games. Benintendi had three base hits.
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