Recap - Lots of Drama Around A Sox Win

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

This one had it all.

A standing ovation for an opposing player, warnings issued to a pitcher and both benches, a pair of home runs by Hanley Ramirez, a VERY bizarre triple play, and another dominant performance by Chris Sale for the Red Sox.

Oh...and Boston won, too.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Sale (pictured) went eight innings and struck out eleven as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-2 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Following reports of racial slurs being hurled at Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones in Monday night's game, the Fenway crowd gave him a very warm welcome in his first at bat in the top of the first. And then moments later, Sale threw a pitch behind the knees of Manny Machado resulting in warnings all around.

Dustin Pedroia's RBI single in the second inning gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead; Ramirez doubled that two innings later with his fourth home run of the year.

After Baltimore cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth, Hanley's second home run of the game made it 3-1.

Machado brought the Orioles within a run in the top of the seventh with a solo blast off Sale, but the Red Sox put the game away in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts that drove in all three runners.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a clean ninth inning to record his ninth save of the year.

The bizarre triple play occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning. With runners on first & second, Jackie Bradley Jr. lifted a fly ball that fell in shallow left field. Both Red Sox runners mistakenly assumed that the infield fly rule had been invoked only to discover that it had not.

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