Two weeks ago Brock Holt was called up for one day, but didn't get into the game and was sent back to Pawtucket after the Red Sox acquired Ryan Roberts the very next day. In just two games Holt has certainly made a bigger impact this time around.
After going 2-4 Friday night, just being called up five hours before game time, Holt's triple in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and then he scored on a safety squeeze from the next hitter Jonathan Herrera. Holt was the difference in the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Orioles Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
"A timely triple to say the least by Brock," manager John Farrell said. "He's come up and put together some quality at bats and a big one-out RBI triple in that situation. As we've seen with Jonathan, very good bat handler, good bat control and lays down once again a very good bunt."
After allowing a run in the first, Felix Doubront settled in nicely retiring the next 13 hitters he faced before a Nick Markakis single in the sixth. The O's scored their second run in the sixth when Nelson Cruz beat out an infield single scoring Adam Jones. Cruz was initially called out, but the Orioles challenged the play and it was overturned. It was the best start of the year for the left-hander as he went 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
"Felix today was very strong," Farrell said. "Much more consistent fast ball command than the last couple of times out. He and David (Ross) worked well together. I think most importantly he pitched ahead in the count and rather than having to fight back into some counts."
Junichi Tazawa gave the Red Sox 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief, before Koji Uehara came on for the save in the ninth.
David Ortiz broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a rocket home run just inside of Pesky's Pole for his third home run of the season. The Sox got their first run in the first when Mike Napoli's grounder couldn't be handled at third by Jonathan Schoop, but despite the error Napoli was still credited with an RBI.
The two teams will play again tomorrow night (7:05, ESPN) where Jake Peavy will go up against Ubaldo Jimenez.
What they'll be saying: Doubront was impressive in picking up his second win of the season. His seven strikeouts were the most he's had in a game since Aug. 27 of last year. This performance echoed how he pitched in the middle of last season, before he hit a wall towards the end of the regular season and the postseason ... The bullpen has been the biggest bright spots of the season as going into play Saturday Boston relievers had the best ERA in all of the American League at 2.55. It continued with Tazawa (win) and Uehara finishing the game behind Doubront. Tazawa has not allowed a run this season, while Uehara has only allowed two earned runs in his last 61 innings for a 0.30 ERA and converting 28 of 29 saves.