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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Baltimore Finds Boston To Be "No Cup of Tea"

The Boston Red Sox rolled through Memorial Stadium taking 3 or 4 games from the division leading Baltimore Orioles.

Game 1 set the tone for the series as the Red Sox gave up 8 runs in the last two frames of regular innings to eventually outlast the Orioles in overtime.  The 11 inning affair ended in a 9-8 Boston win. Carl Yastrezemski (.340 avg, 11 HR) homered twice in the win.

Game 2 saw Baltimore hustle some late inning runs (3 in the last 3 innings) to, this time, steal one back from Boston 3-2.  Jim Palmer (9-1, 1.67 ERA) threw a complete game to earn his league leading ninth win of the season.

Game 3 (the first of a double dip) came down to the final inning as both teams were knotted at 3-3 going into the 9th.  Oriole skipper Earl Weaver felt confident as ace Mike Cuellar (6-3, 2.81 ERA) seemed to have plenty of gas in the tank.  But a line drive double, down the first base line, by Mike Andrews would eventually lead to the go ahead (winning run).  Reggie Smith would then hit a single to right, driving in Andrews, for the eventual winning run.   Baltimore could not respond in the bottom half of the ninth as the Orioles would bow out losers.

George Scott (3 for 5) and Rico Petrocelli (3 for 4) recorded 6 of Boston's 10 hits in Game 4 as the Red Sox rolled to a 7-2 easy win.  Sonny Seibert (2-5, 4.97 ERA) went the distance striking out 5 to get the win.

Baltimore finished the series with a 26-16 record while Boston improves to 20-19

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