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Pivetta Sharp In Red Sox Debut; Boston Beats Orioles 8-3

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. makes the catch on a fly out by Baltimore Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. makes the catch on a fly out by Baltimore Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of onerun ball in his Boston debut, Christian Vzquez hit a threerun homer and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 83 on Tuesday night.

BOSTON: Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of one-run ball in his Boston debut, Christian Vzquez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday night.

There were five errors combined by the teams, a misplayed fly ball and a runner picked off third to kill a rally, a performance befitting the AL Easts worst two teams.

Bobby Dalbec drove in a pair of runs and J.D. Martinez had three hits with an RBI for the last-place Red Sox.

Renato Nez clubbed a towering solo homer for the Orioles that hit halfway up a light stanchion above the Green Monster. Baltimore has lost five of six.

Acquired from the Phillies along with a minor league right-hander for relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree on Aug. 21, the 27-year-old Pivetta (1-0) relied mostly on his fastball in the low 90 mph range to dominate the Orioles.

The righty gave up three singles and walked three after being called up from the clubs alternate training site. Matt Barnes got the final out with the bases loaded for his ninth save.

Keegan Akin (1-2) was roughed up for eight hits and four runs two earned in four innings.

Vzquez homered into the Monster seats, making it 8-3 in the sixth after Martinezs RBI single.

Trailing 1-0, the Red Sox turned two Orioles errors into a three-run second inning. Vzquez reached on third baseman Rio Ruizs throwing error and scored on Dalbecs RBI double.

Left fielder DJ Stewart came charging in and dropped Alex Verdugos fly ball on what would have been the final out for the third run after Chavis sacrifice fly.

OOPS! I DID IT AGAIN

LF Chavis had a rough sixth that led two runs. First, he looked like he was positioned well, but realized late that Pedro Severinos drive was about to sail over his leaping bid for an error. On Ruizs fly, he took a bad route, cutting across to left-center before it went over his jump for an RBI double.

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Bostons Jonathan Araz was picked off third with a runner on first and no outs in the fourth.

Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers booted a grounder, struck out swinging four times and grounded into a DP.

DONT LOOK

The Red Sox post the updated standings daily on the Monster, and its hard not to miss.

Its not fun looking out at that scoreboard and seeing us in last place, Boston manager Ron Roenicke said.

TRAINERS ROOM

Orioles: SS Jos Iglesias missed his second straight game with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a fastball from Tampa Bays Charlie Morton. Reliever Evan Phillips walked off with an injury.

Red Sox: Verdugo returned to the lineup after being sidelined two games with left hamstring soreness. SS Xander Bogaerts was also back in. He had Sunday off.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (1-0, 1.69 ERA) is slated to go Wednesday night.

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 4.25) is set to start Bostons penultimate home game of the season.

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