Cruz has a 5-hit night as O's earn DH split
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nelson Cruz had a career-high five hits and clubbed his 27th home run of the season, as the Baltimore Orioles earned a split of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by posting a 7-4 win Saturday night.
Cruz came close to completing the cycle, but was thrown out in his bid for a triple in the eighth.
Nick Hundley added a two-run blast for the Orioles, who had a four-game win streak snapped in the opener.
It was a long but stellar night for the Baltimore bullpen, with five relievers combining to toss 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Brad Brach (3-0) earned the win and Zach Britton picked up his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Starter Ubaldo Jimenez didn't allow a hit through the first three innings, but couldn't complete the fourth. He gave up four runs on five hits in the frame and finished with six walks.
Boston starter John Lackey (9-6) was tagged for five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He absorbed the loss despite striking out 11.
The Red Sox scored a run in the ninth to win the opener 3-2.
07/05 23:10:45 ET