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Red Sox Bounce Back From 2-Hit Performance, Beat Orioles 8-1 to Open Weekend Series; Nick Pivetta Dominant Through 6 Innings

BOSTON — After just two hits Thursday, the Red Sox beat the Orioles 8-1 Friday night to open a three-game series, as they piled on 11 hits.

The Sox were able to get on the board in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Jarren Duran slapped an RBI single into right to make it 1-0. Bobby Dalbec then provided a boost to the lead with a two-run double off the Green Monster, and a sac fly from Kike Hernandez made it 4-0 in just the second.

The Orioles notched there first and only run of the ballgame with a Pesky Pole solo shot from Richie Martin. The ball had an expected batting average of just .170, and would not have gone out at any other park.

Duran padded the lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI double to make it 5-1. After two long flyouts from Xander Bogaerts, he finally got the luck on his side as he socked a solo big fly just barely over the Monster as it was 6-1 after the fourth.

Dalbec added to his solid day with an RBI double in the sixth, after Nick Pivetta tossed his sixth and final inning of the night. He hurled six innings letting up just one run on three hits, punching out eight.

Hunter Renfroe blasted a solo homer in the seventh, and Garrett Richards recorded a three-inning save to capture the victory for Boston.

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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