BOSTON (AP) – Xander Bogaerts homered and drove four runs for the Boston Red Sox to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Saturday night, putting together their fourth win and leading the fight for wild-card spots in the American League.
The Red Sox were one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and one and a half ahead of their archrivals New York Yankees, in the fight for the two wild-card tickets for the American League playoffs.
Bobby Dalbec added a two-run double, while Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers each produced one run for Boston. Bogaerts and Devers hit three hits per head.
Ryan Mountcastle hit his 30th home run, a two-run tackle, while Austin Wynns added a solo homer for the Orioles, who lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games against Boston.
In the first series of the season between the two teams, Baltimore won by sweep.
Bogaerts’ three-run club smashed the ball into a sign behind the “Green Monster,” off reliever Mike Baumann (1-1), after Renfroe had hit an RBI double and Devers had hit a single on an attack by four races.
Tanner Houck (1-4) took the victory with a 2/3 innings relief, without conceding a touchdown.
For the Orioles, Venezuelan Anthony Santander 4-1. The Dominican Kelvin Gutiérrez 4-1.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Enrique Hernández 5-2 with two runs scored, Christian Vázquez 3-0. The Dominican Devers 5-3 with three runs scored and one produced. Cuban José Iglesias 4-1.