Bundy gets big lead, and O’s hang on

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the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Red Sox (8163) with 18 games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son. The Ori­oles also took a two-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the se­cond AL wild-card spot.

The Ori­oles of­fense staked Bundy to a big early lead with a five-run se­cond in­ning against Red Sox left-han­der Drew Pomer­anz. The big blow was short­stop J.J. Hardy’s three-run homer over the Green Mon­ster on a full-count fast­ball over the outer half of the plate. Hardy, who also walked twice, is hit­ting .306 (11-for-36) in 11 Septem­ber games.

With three homers, the Ori­oles in­creased their ma­jor league-lead­ing to­tal to 231. Nolan Reimold fol­lowed Hardy with a two-run blast in the se­cond, and Jonathan Schoop, who had three hits, opened the ninth with a homer over the Green Mon­ster for an added cush­ion.

Bundy la­bored through a 33pitch se­cond in­ning, un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally is­su­ing one-out, bases­loaded walks to No. 9 hit­ter Ryan Hani­gan and lead­off man Dustin Pe­droia. He was able to avoid fur­ther dam­age by strik­ing out Xan­der Bo­gaerts and get­ting David Or­tiz to ground out.

The 23-year-old then seemed to find his groove, de­spite his high pitch count. Over one stretch, he re­tired eight of nine bat­ters be­fore al­low­ing a homer to Bo­gaerts to open the fifth. Bundy (9-5) left a man on and ex­ited the game two outs shy of a qual­ity start. Reliever Tommy Hunter came in and in­duced an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble­play ball from Hani­gan.

Bundy is­sued four walks, and Nolan Reimold gets a high-five from Manny Machado af­ter hit­ting a two-run homer in the se­cond in­ning, his first blast since July 24. has walked 17 bat­ters over his past five starts. He walked just six over his first five.

The Ori­oles stranded eight base run­ners, three in the eighth when Adam Jones struck out with the bases loaded. Jones was 0-for-5 with three strike­outs. Brit­ton shuts door: Closer Zach Brit­ton recorded the fi­nal four outs, earn­ing his fourth mul­ti­plein­ning save of the sea­son. Three have come against the Red Sox.

Brit­ton en­tered the game with one on and two outs in the eighth, and af­ter al­low­ing a sin­gle to left-handed hit­ting Jackie Bradley Jr., he got pinch hit­ter Sandy Leon to ground out.

Brit­ton was per­fect in the ninth and is 42-for-42 in save op­por­tu­ni­ties this sea­son. Reimold launches homer: Reimold, who could get to play more with Steve Pearce out in­def­i­nitely with an arm in­jury, capped the Ori­oles’ five-run se­cond in­ning with his two-run homer.

For Reimold, mak­ing just his se­cond start this month, it was his first homer since July 24, when he hit a two-run walk-off homer to com­plete a three-game home sweep of the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

With two hits, Reimold also recorded his first mul­ti­hit game since July 2. Lights-out lefty: Former Ori­oles left-han­der Brian Ma­tusz had been a valu­able weapon against Or­tiz over the years, but Don­nie Hart, the Ori­oles’ cur­rent sit­u­a­tional left-han­der, had his big test against the Red Sox slug­ger.

With one on and one out in the sev­enth, Hart came in to face Or­tiz in a crit­i­cal point in the game.

Hart won a seven-pitch at-bat against Or­tiz — throw­ing all mid-70s slid­ers — by in­duc­ing a fly­out to left field.

Left-han­ders are now hit­ting .179 (5-for-28) against Hart, part of an Ori­oles bullpen that pitched 32⁄ score­less in­nings.


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