Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Andino Lifts O's Over Sox

Robert Andino slapped a three-run double with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, propelling the Birds to a 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

O's starter Rick VandenHurk wasn't particularly sharp, surrendering all five of Boston's runs on seven hits and three walks in just three innings of work. But the bullpen was fantastic, allowing just three hits over the final six frames. Jo-Jo Reyes actually allowed all three of those hits in three innings of relief, striking out five in the process. The Sox were no-hit over the final three innings, with Jim Johnson picking up his eigth save of the season.

The Birds knocked ex-Oriole Erik Bedard in the third inning, scoring four runs in the frame to take a 4-1 lead. But the lead was short-lived, as the Sox struck back and led 5-4 heading into the seventh inning...that's when Andino's two-out, full-count, bases-clearing double off Jonathan Papelbon lifted the O's to their second win in three games at Fenway.

Tommy Hunter takes the mound Wednesday night as the Birds look to take their third straight series.

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