Hosmer shines for Red Sox
The Manila Times
BOSTON: Eric Hosmer hit a goahead RBI double in the sixth inning just after Baltimore rallied to tie it, and the Boston Red Sox held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to snap a four-game losing streak. Tommy Pham and Alex Verdugo also had RBI doubles for Boston, which had lost six of seven and was in danger of carrying a five-game skid into a weekend series with the AL East-leading New York Yankees. “It was a tough one but a good one,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. Reliever Austin Davis (2-1) got the win by closing out the sixth after the Orioles scored three to tie it. John Schreiber pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Terrin Vavra hit a two-run triple for the Orioles, who were off to a 7-1 start in August. Vavra’s triple to right with two men on in the sixth pulled Baltimore within 3-2, then the Orioles were able to tack on another run when they challenged a call at first base that would have ended the inning. After a video review, which showed Austin Hays beating the throw, the call was reversed and Vavra’s run counted, tying it up briefly. “We had a really nice rally to come back,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “Vavra had a huge hit for us there but we didn’t score after that.” J.D. Martinez drew a two-out walk from Dean Kremer (4-4) and Hosmer followed with a double to right off reliever Nick Vespi. The run was charged to Kremer, who pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six.