BALTIMORE (AP) — Rafael Devers homered and the Boston Red Sox scored twice in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Christian Vázquez to extend their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.
“It’s a good vibe,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “A lot of people don’t feel like we have any superstars. This is a good baseball team. They did everything right toward the end of the game.”
Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini hit his first home run since his return from cancer surgery that caused him to miss the 2020 season. It was Mancini’s first homer since Sept. 28, 2019.
“Our dugout exploded when he hit that homer,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It seemed like there was a lot of relief for Trey coming into the dugout after that.”
The Orioles scored twice in the eighth to take a 4-3 lead on a fielder’s choice by Maikel Franco and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis off Adam Ottavino. Boston tied it in the ninth on a fielder’s choice by Bobby Dalbec against César Valdez, who had converted his two previous save chances.
“As soon as I hit it, I was just flying. … I mean, flying for me,” said Dalbec, batting only .095 this year. “I knew that was a big-time run there obviously and I was just trying to leg it out.”
Michael Chavis, recalled from the alternate training site earlier in the day, entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th and scored on a low pitch by Dillon Tate (0-1) that rolled to the backstop. Vázquez added an insurance run with a single off Wade LeBlanc.
Matt Barnes (1-0) struck out two in the ninth and Matt Andriese earned Boston’s first save of the season.
Devers had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five consecutive games for the first time since August 2019….