Anthony Santander hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning after hitting a two-run homer, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from two six-run deficits to beat the Boston Red Sox 12-8 on Friday.
Baltimore trailed 8-2 before Jorge Mateo hit a three-run homer in the seventh and Austin Hays added a two-run homer in the eighth.
The Orioles also capitalized on an error by third baseman Rafael Devers to get the tying run in the eighth.
Santander’s single off Matt Strahm (2-2) fell right in front of right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who dived for it, allowing Cedric Mullins to score.
Mullins led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a hit by Trey Mancini, with a slide that avoided Devers’ bunt.
The Orioles got three more runs in the ninth and Jorge Lopez allowed no runners in the bottom. Baltimore’s bullpen limited Boston to one hit after the fifth inning.
Boston fans booed as the Orioles celebrated. Baltimore outscored the Red Sox 15-14 to open the five-game series.
For the Orioles, Venezuelans Anthony Santander 4-2 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs and Rougned Odor 5-3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI; the Mexican Ramón Urías 4-3 with a run scored and the Dominican Jorge Mateo 5-1 with a run scored and 3 RBIs.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 5-1 with an RBI and Enrique Hernández 5-1 with a run scored; and the Dominicans Rafael Devers 5-3 with 3 runs scored and Franchy Cordero 4-2 with a run scored.