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Herrera's big hit in ninth inning lifts Red Sox over the Orioles

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BOSTON -- As Jon Lester's great start was wasted by sloppy play in the field and at the plate, fans at Fenway Park let the Red Sox know how they felt with a shower of boos.

Then pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera changed the sour mood with one bloop, broken-bat single.

Herrera's first career walk off hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday gave Boston a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

"I was ready. I was taking some swings in the cage," said a smiling Herrera after the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with their sixth win in the last at-bat this season. "I was ready for that at-bat."

After Lester's masterful eight-inning outing resulted in only a 2-2 tie, closer Koji Uehara (4-2) pitched a perfect ninth before manager John Farrell went to his bench.

Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes legged out a leadoff infield single off reliever T.J. McFarland (1-2). David Ross then bunted Gomes to second before Herrera, hitting for Jackie Bradley Jr., hit a blooper to right that scored a sliding Gomes and snapped Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

"He broke the bat in half. Mac's throwing the ball," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We didn't have many options there. Mac was our best option."

Stephen Drew hit his first home run since last year's World Series and Lester gave up two unearned runs, struck out seven and walked none while being denied his 10th win.

"Sometimes, for me, Jonny can get a little rattled. He didn't today," Ross said. "He really kept his poise. We didn't play really good behind him. He kept his poise and was a real mature starter today with great stuff."

The Orioles' two runs came on Xander Bogaert's two-out error in the third inning of a game being made up after Friday's game was rained out.

Bogaerts was booed then and later when he struck out three times in an 0-for-4 outing that left him hitless in 27 at-bats. A.J. Pierzynski, filling in at DH with David Ortiz away to attend his daughter's graduation, heard it from the fans with four infield pop outs.

But Lester kept Boston in it as he lowered his ERA to 2.73 in what's been the best year of his career as the lefty heads into possible free agency in the offseason.

"Judging by today, I don't think it was much of a distraction," said Lester, adding that he didn't believe contract talks would reopen soon. "I think both sides, right now, are happy with not talking right now."

Baltimore, which entered the day in first place in the AL East, got a good starting pitching performance from Miguel Gonzalez.

The right-hander, who had struggled in his previous three starts since returning from an oblique injury, allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits, striking out six with two walks in eight innings.

"It's a good feeling to be able to go a little bit more than what I've been going," Gonzalez said. "Command-wise it was good."

One of his few mistakes was a first-pitch fastball to Drew that landed in the right field bleachers in the second. Drew, who re-signed with Boston in May, was hitting .136 and hadn't homered since World Series championship clinching win in Game 6.

"I knew it was going to be a little different, not being in this position before," Drew said. "I'm not making excuses, it just takes a little time. It's going to come around."

Notes

Ortiz was expected back from the Dominican Republic for the second game.. Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia's bad throw in the third was his first error since April 24. ... Farrell said OF Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) could begin another rehabilitation assignment in a few days.. The Orioles planned to recall RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start Sunday's series finale against Jake Peavy.

 
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Jonny Gomes reacts after scoring the winning run during the ninth in the first game of a doubleheader vs. the O's. (USATSI)
Jonny Gomes reacts after scoring the winning run during the ninth in the first game of a doubleheader vs. the O's. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lester
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
Baltimore

M. Gonzalez
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4010010 .292
Steve Pearce, 1B4000003 .329
Nelson Cruz, DH4000012 .275
Adam Jones, CF4010010 .308
Chris Davis, 3B4000031 .204
J.J. Hardy, SS4000002 .289
Delmon Young, LF3100010 .319
Caleb Joseph, C3120010 .179
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3010012 .221
Miguel Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   T.J. McFarland, P0000000 .000
Totals3325009  
Batting
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Schoop-Hardy-Pearce
E - Steve Pearce (1, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez 8721261 4.22
T.J. McFarland (L,1-2) 0.1211000 3.09
WP - Miguel Gonzalez (4)
HBP - Pedroia (by Miguel Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 113-72, T.J. McFarland 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 8-9, T.J. McFarland 1-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 33, T.J. McFarland 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF4010001 .321
Daniel Nava, LF3020100 .228
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010003 .282
Mike Napoli, 1B3000122 .273
A.J. Pierzynski, DH4000004 .253
Xander Bogaerts, 3B4000032 .238
Stephen Drew, SS3111010 .145
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH1110000 .238
David Ross, C3000000 .170
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF3120000 .214
   b-Jonathan Herrera, PH1011000 .233
Jon Lester, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals3239226  
a-singled for Drew in the 9th
b-singled for Bradley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jackie Bradley Jr. (16, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Stephen Drew (1, M. Gonzalez)
SH - David Ross (1)
RBI - Stephen Drew (3), Jonathan Herrera (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli, Drew-Pedroia-Napoli-Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Xander Bogaerts (12, Misplayed grounder), Jon Lester (2, Throwing), Dustin Pedroia (2, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester 8520070 2.73
Koji Uehara (W,4-2) 1000020 1.36
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 118-83, Koji Uehara 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 13-5, Koji Uehara 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 30, Koji Uehara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35714
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Jeff Gosney, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Layne