Carroll County Times

Orioles blast past Sox

BOSTON - It's been 18 years since the Baltimore Orioles swept a three-game series in Boston. On Sunday, they'll have their shot.

A day after a 13-inning win, the Orioles exploded for a seven-run third on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox before 37,581 at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Baltimore (18-9) has won 10 of its last 12 games, and ensured a winning road trip. The Orioles took two of three in Yankee Stadium, and the first two games here. The last time that happened was in 1992, and Buck Showalter was the Yankees' rookie manager.

"Those teams are always tough, even if it's early, and it's always good to beat them because the last few years, they've taken advantage of us. Now we've got a series, but I think we need to sweep," Adam Jones said.

"We have the series win already, but we're hungry. We need that sweep."

Seven straight Orioles scored in the third off Aaron Cook (0-1). An inning earlier, Cook looked as if he was out of the game in the second inning after he sustained a frightening gash when Chris Davis spiked him at home plate after Jarrod Saltalamacchia's passed ball.

Cook left the field, but returned a few minutes later. In the third, he retired only one batter.

Davis said he easily beat the tag, and he enjoyed beating the Red Sox.

"We don't care who it is. When it's someone in your division, you want to win those games, but we want to win every game we go out there and play whether it's the Yankees, the Red Sox or the Rays," he said.

Jones had a two-run home run, and a batter after Cook left the scene in the third, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run blast. After enduring a 76-at-bat homerless streak to start the season, Reynolds has homered in two straight.

"I think the big blow was Reynolds' three-run home run," Jones said. "That really made everybody in Fenway Park just sink because we went up 8-0."

Jason Hammel (4-1) continued his outstanding work. He allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. After giving up two hits in the first inning, he didn't allow any more until the seventh when both Boston (11-15) runs scored.

Hammel enjoyed the big inning-up to a point.

"It's huge. It's huge. After a while, it's like: 'Come on guys, that's enough. I want to get back out there and start pitching because the break can get too long, but I'm never going to shy away from run support,' Hammel said.

After Hammel left, Darren O'Day, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom and Kevin Gregg followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Orioles relievers have 21 straight shutout innings.

NOTES: Miguel Tejada will report to Sarasota, Fla. for a physical on Monday. If he passes it, he'll work out in extended spring training for seven-10 days and could sign for his third stint with the team. The soon-to-be 38-year-old last played in the majors in September 2011 with San Francisco. Tejada was with the Orioles from 2004-07, and then again for the first four months of 2010.

Catcher Luis Exposito, who was claimed on waivers from Boston on Apr. 17, was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Nolan Reimold, who was placed on the disabled list with a herniated disk. He caught the final two innings of Friday night's game.

Nick Johnson was credited with a double in Tuesday's game in New York by MLB executive Joe Torre on Friday. Johnson hit a sinking line drive to left field that the Yankees' Eduardo Nunez couldn't handle. Originally, Nunez was charged with an error. Now, instead of starting the season 0-for-29, Johnson began 0-for-28. He's 4-for-7 since.

Zach Britton threw 47 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday. The left-hander, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder, will throw in his first extended spring training start on Thursday.