Rafael Devers ties Hall of Famer's record as Red Sox top Orioles 8-3

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Following Monday afternoon’s loss, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora described the Baltimore Orioles as having a “fast break offense.” When their bats get going, he said, they can be tough to stop.

In the sixth inning Tuesday, it looked for a moment like Brennan Bernardino was about to get posterized.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, the left-hander found himself clinging to a one-run lead. The Orioles have capitalized on situations like that all season long, but Bernardino held his ground and shut them down, drawing a force out at home and two strikeouts to escape the jam unscathed.

It was the highlight of one of the most impressive performances of the season for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox pulled out a 8-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday, riding Bernardino’s outstanding relief outing and Rafael Devers’ historic night at the plate to even the three-game series. The Red Sox slugger went 4 for 5 with two RBI, and with his eighth inning triple Devers also tied Hall of Famer Jim Rice for the franchise record for most extra-base hits by a Red Sox player aged 27 or younger with 422. Devers won’t turn 28 until October.

Following the game, Devers made a point to give Bernardino his due.


“I’m really proud of Bernie,” Devers told NESN’s Jahmai Webster via translator Daveson Perez. “His story coming from Mexico and being where he is today, he’s a hard worker and I’m proud to see what he’s been doing and we believe in him.”

After getting shut down for most of Monday’s matinee, the Red Sox came out swinging Tuesday, jumping on Orioles starter Grayson Rodriguez for two runs in the top of the first. Wilyer Abreu smoked a solo home run to break the ice, Rob Refsnyder doubled and Devers drove him in with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Orioles immediately answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Four of Baltimore’s first five batters reached safely, with the main damage coming courtesy of an RBI single by Colton Cowser and a two-run single by Jordan Westburg.

Baltimore could have been off to the races from there, but the Red Sox had another response in them.


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