In a win that was marred by a knee injury to designated hitter Wilson Betemit, the Orioles outslugged the Boston Red Sox, 12-9, on Monday while hitting five of the game’s seven home runs.
A swirling wind at Ed Smith Stadium turned routine fly balls into hits and hard-hit flyballs into home runs as the clubs combined for 33 hits.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, Betemit tied the game with a three-run home run against Boston’s Graham Godfrey. Betemit later had a sacrifice fly to give him four RBIs on Monday and six total in his past two games.
But Betemit’s day ended prematurely when his knee buckled and he collapsed while running the bases at the end of the fifth inning. He was carted off the field and was diagnosed with a sprained right knee ligament. He’ll be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Adam Jones, who entered Monday’s play with one hit in 18 Grapefruit League at-bats, had two homers and Matt Wieters had one, giving the Orioles a 9-4 lead in the fourth.
The Red Sox came rushing back, scoring five runs off Jim Johnson and Pedro Strop to tie the game at 9-9 in the seventh. J.J. Hardy then put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Lefty T.J. McFarland, making his first start for the Orioles, allowed four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four.
The Orioles improved to a Grapefruit League-best 18-7-3 record.