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Red Sox 7, Orioles 4, End 6: Long Ball Barrage Has Sox Up Late

The Red Sox are up 7-4 Tuesday night after another two more homers have added five more runs.

The first bomb came from the Sox’ biggest offensive prospect: Ryan Lavarnway. With David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez reaching base on singles, Ryan Lavarnway worked the count full against Zach Britton, perhaps getting lucky on a check swing call with two strikes. The next pitch was a high fastball, and Lavarnway didn’t mitch, launching a three-run shot into the stands in left field to give the Sox a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Unfortunately, that comfort wouldn’t last terribly long. A two-run homer from Matt Wieters in the bottom half of the fourth combined with a single and a walk was enough to chase Erik Bedard very, very early. The Sox would respond before long, however, with Marco Scutaro continuing his torrid September, taking an 0-1 curveball from Jason Berken and launching it for a two-run shot of his own.

The real savior through all this, however, has been Alfredo Aceves. After Bedard’s early disappearance, the long relief man has thrown 2.2 strong innings on relatively few pitches, allowing just a solo shot to Adam Jones despite working both of the last two games.