Ramirez, Wright carry Red Sox past Orioles, 6-4
BOSTON >> Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer in more than a month, knuckleballer Steven Wright was solid into the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had two singles and an RBI for the Red Sox, who rebounded from a 3-2 loss in the series opener on Tuesday for just their fourth win in 11 games.
Adam Jones hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who ended a stretch of five straight multi-homer games.
Wright (8-4) allowed three runs and six hits, struck out four, walked one and hit two batters. He entered with an AL-best ERA that increased slightly from 2.09 to 2.22 by holding an opponent to three or fewer runs for the 12th time in his 13 starts.
Kevin Gausman (0-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings for Baltimore.
Leading 1-0 in the third, the Red Sox batted around and scored five runs against Gausman. Bogaerts and Ortiz opened the scoring with consecutive RBI singles.
Ramirez then hit first-pitch slider over the Green Monster completely out of Fenway Park for his first homer since May 10, ending a homerless drought of 110 at-bats.
Jones homered into the Monster seats with two outs in the seventh.
Wright was lifted after a one-out walk in the eighth. Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop had consecutive run-scoring hits off Junichi Tazawa.
Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 15th save.
Travis Shaw's RBI single in the second made it 1-0.
Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter said SS J.J. Hardy (fractured left foot) could be back with the club Friday. He had two singles in three at-bats for Double-A Bowie in his first rehab game on Tuesday. ... Showalter also said RHP Darren O'Day (strained hamstring) may not be ready to come off the DL on Sunday when he's eligible.
Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly, demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this month, is still only throwing on flat ground after he sustained a groin injury in a Triple-A start on June 7.
Orioles: RHP Tyler Wilson (2-5, 4.73 ERA) is in line to start the series finale on Thursday. He's allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 6.06) is slated to make his fourth start of the season after opening on the DL with a right knee injury.