Jason Hammel took a shutout into the seventh inning and the offense came to life early as the O's rolled over the Red Sox 8-2 on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Birds scored seven runs in the third inning, a season-best, and all came with two outs on the scoreboard. Adam Jones absolutely crushed a ball over the Monster and is now tied with Matt Wieters for the team lead with seven round-trippers, and Mark Reynolds launched a three-run shot to cap-off the inning and give the club an eight run advantage.
It looks like Reynolds is finally back...he's had two homers, two doubles and five RBIs in the past two games. He had no homers and just three RBIs in the month of April.
Hammel (4-1) escaped a jam in the first before holding the Sox without a hit over the next five frames. He entered the seventh with an 8-0 lead but couldn't finish the inning. He went 6 2/3 and tossed a season-high 115 pitches, allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning eight. The bullpen allowed four hits but blanked Boston over the final 2 1/3 innings.
The O's have now won back-to-back series in New York and Boston for the first time in 20 years, and can sweep the Sox in Fenway for the first time since 1994 with a win on Sunday afternoon. Tommy Hunter takes the mound for the Birds...