By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston Red Sox are off to their best start in franchise history, dating back 118-years. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 10-3, on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox are off to a 12-2 start to begin the season. The Orioles fell to 5-10 overall.
The Orioles cut the lead to 10-3 in the Top of the 9th inning when Chance Sisco grounded out. On the play, Chris Davis scored.
The Red Sox made it 10-2 in the Bottom of the 7th inning when Blake Swihart singled to right center field. Brock Holt scored on the play.
Then, in the Bottom of the sixth inning, J.D. Martínez singled to left center field. Swihart scored, as well.
Swihart came into the game when the Red Sox re-organized their outfield when Mookie Betts exited in the fourth inning. Swihart was inserted into left field — where he played for the first time since being injured in 2016 — while Andrew Benintendi moved to center field and Jackie Bradley went to right field.
Pedro Álvarez got the Orioles on the board when he hit a 416-foot home run to deep center field. Anthony Santander scored on the long ball.
The Red Sox scored eight runs in the first four innings. Martínez reached base on Manny Machado’s throwing error. Hanley Ramírez scored to make it 8-0 in the Bottom of the fourth inning.
In the same inning, Ramirez doubled to left field. Benintendi reached home plate on the play.
When Benintendi was up to bat, he singled to right field. Sandy León and Tzu-Wei Lin scored.
Martínez hit a 381-foot home run in the Bottom of the third inning for a 4-0 lead.
Ramírez also hit a home run in the Bottom of the 1st inning when he hit a 337-foot home run to left center field. Benintendi also scored on the play.
Benintendi got the Red Sox on the board when he doubled to deep left center. Betts scored.
Héctor Velázquez got the win for the Red Sox, as he improved to 2-0 on the season. He allowed two runs on six hits through five innings. He also struck out five batters and walked one.
Marcus Walden earned the save, which was the first of 2018 for him. He went three innings and allowed one run.
Alex Cobb fell to 0-1 on the season, as he went 3 ⅔ innings. He allowed seven earned runs and eight runs overall on 10 hits.