Hanley Ramirez Hits Three Run Rocket to Lift Red Sox Over the Orioles in Battle for 1st

BOSTON — (AP) Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer in more than a month, knuckleballer Steven Wright was solid into the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had two singles and an RBI for the Red Sox, who rebounded from a 3-2 loss in the series opener on Tuesday for just their fourth win in 11 games.

Adam Jones hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who ended a stretch of five straight multi-homer games.

Wright (8-4) allowed three runs and six hits, struck out four, walked one and hit two batters. He entered with an AL-best ERA that increased slightly from 2.09 to 2.22 by holding an opponent to three or fewer runs for the 12th time in his 13 starts.

Kevin Gausman (0-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings for Baltimore.

Leading 1-0 in the third, the Red Sox batted around and scored five runs against Gausman. Bogaerts and Ortiz opened the scoring with consecutive RBI singles.

Ramirez then hit first-pitch slider over the Green Monster completely out of Fenway Park for his first homer since May 10, ending a homerless drought of 110 at-bats.

Jones homered into the Monster seats with two outs in the seventh.

Wright was lifted after a one-out walk in the eighth. Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop had consecutive run-scoring hits off Junichi Tazawa.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 15th save.

Travis Shaw’s RBI single in the second made it 1-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter said SS J.J. Hardy (fractured left foot) could be back with the club Friday. He had two singles in three at-bats for Double-A Bowie in his first rehab game on Tuesday. … Showalter also said RHP Darren O’Day (strained hamstring) may not be ready to come off the DL on Sunday when he’s eligible.

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly, demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this month, is still only throwing on flat ground after he sustained a groin injury in a Triple-A start on June 7.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wilson (2-5, 4.73 ERA) is in line to start the series finale on Thursday. He’s allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 6.06) is slated to make his fourth start of the season after opening on the DL with a right knee injury.