BOSTON (AP) — Maikel Franco drove in two runs after another Boston error, Pedro Severino had his second two-hit game in a row and Matt Harvey made his Orioles debut on Saturday in Baltimore’s 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.
Franco’s single came after Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers made a diving stop on Austin Hays’ grounder but sailed the throw to second. The Orioles also took advantage of a Boston error for a two-run inning in Friday’s opener, a 3-0 win.
Harvey missed his chance at the win when he was pulled with two outs in the fifth after giving up two singles and a walk in the inning. A 2013 All-Star, the former New York Met bounced from the Reds to the Angels and Royals without much success before signing a minor league deal with Baltimore this winter.
In all, he was charged with two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out four. Adam Plutko (1-0) relieved him and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. César Valdez pitched the ninth, hitting the first batter and walking the second before getting the next three out for his second straight save.
Red Sox rookie Tanner Houck (0-1) struck out eight in five innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on six hits and a walk. J.D. Martinez had three hits, including a double in the first inning when Hays lost his fly ball in the sun.
Five innings, eight strikeouts.
Tanner Houck was dealing. pic.twitter.com/yHz6VAtTtE
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 3, 2021
It was scoreless in the fourth when Rio Ruiz drew a two-out walk, then Hays hit a sharp grounder that Devers gloved with a diving stop. But he threw the ball into right field; a passed ball moved Hays to second, then Franco singled them both home.
The Orioles added one on Anthony Santander’s RBI single in the fifth and another in the seventh on Trey Mancini’s sacrifice fly.
After being shutout in the opener for the first time since 1976, the Red Sox managed to score — on Marwin Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly in the fourth and Martinez’s RBI single in the fifth.
Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde says outfielder DJ Stewart (hamstring) is improving and could be activated from the injured list soon.
The Orioles send left-hander Bruce Zimmerman (0-0, 7.71 ERA last year) to the mound for Sunday’s series finale against Boston’s Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.03).
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