By Benjamin Barker — 03/07/2011
Sox fans went home happy after a walk-off single by Yamaico Navarro. City of Palms Park was sold out again on Monday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5.
The Red Sox bats made some noise early. Boston scored 3 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Kevin Youkilis and JD Drew. The runs were charged to Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. John Lackey kept the Oriole’s bats quiet, tossing 4 innings of 1 hit ball and allow 0 earned runs.
Dan Wheeler was not as effective. In the 5th inning, Baltimore tagged Wheeler for 2 earned runs. The Orioles collected 2 hits off Boston’s new bullpen arm. The Red Sox signed Wheeler to a 1-year, 3-million dollar contract this off-season.
In the home half of the 5th, the Red Sox responded when Carl Crawford ripped a single up the middle to drive in Oscar Tejeda.
The Red Sox won the game in the bottom of the 9th. Batlimore’s Mark Worrell was on the mound with 2 outs and a runner on third. Yamaico Navarro hit a walk-off single to left field to give Boston the win. Boston’s next Grapefruit League action comes tomorrow afternoon when the Sox take on the Houston Astros at City of Palms Park.