He had also never won a game at Fenway Park before Tuesday.
Gentry seeking stability: Two consecutive starts this week didn't yield a hit for reserve outfielder Craig Gentry, who is adjusting to life as a reserve after being a regular for six weeks of spring training. Barnes responded with a 1-2-3 inning.
In his first start of the season, Boston Red Sox left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz had no problem shutting down the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles in an 8-1 rout at Fenway Park Tuesday night.
But the story was Pomeranz, who walked one, struck out seven and gave up four hits.
In his first action since coming off the 10-day disabled list, Drew Pomeranz said after the game that he felt good and the 95-mph fast ball he threw by Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo showcased how strong he felt. "We're in a tight ballgame, and I thought we did a great job with the aggressiveness on the basepaths".
Jimenez tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with one walk while striking out five in a no-decision last Friday against the Yankees. Back-to-back singles by Pedroia and Benintendi produced a three-run seventh inning and some extra cushion for the bullpen.
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Prior to the game, John Farrell said he'd have the eighth. "To see what Vazky's doing here in the early going with just a couple of starts is a credit to him staying prepared and ready, particularly with the bat".
"I can only really speak for myself", Hardy said.
Turns out, he's been good enough during a time in which the organization couldn't create more roster instability if they tried.
David Ortiz isn't on this team, and it shows, but the new-look Red Sox have persevered, their latest win pushing them above.500 with a 4-3 record that should settle some nerves, especially considering they played four of those games without both Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts, who returned to the lineup last night.
"I'm just happy to go six-plus innings and keep the game close", Bundy said. The lefthander had been on the disabled list while coming back from a forearm injury. "But still the one thing that didn't go away from us was the hustle down the line to get a couple base hits to extend an inning".
The Orioles had a threat in the second inning on a single by Welington Castillo and double by Trey Mancini with one out.