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BALTIMORE -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Orioles:

* Mookie Betts isn't the only Red Sox hitter who likes to hit at Camden Yards.

Betts hit eight homers in his first seven games here this season, including three multi-homer games.

But David Ortiz is pretty accomplished here, too. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh to break the game open, turning a 2-1 Red Sox lead to a 5-1 edge.

The homer -- which didn't seem to be a no-doubter upon impact -- carried and carried its way into the first few rows of center field bleachers.

That represented Ortiz's sixth homer in his last nine games here and his 11th in his last 17.

Since 2015, Ortiz has hit 16 homers in 35 games at Camden Yards.

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* Koji Uehara has the eighth inning on lockdown again.

Pitching against his former team, Uehara was given the responsibility of pitching the eighth inning, charged with facing the Orioles' three most dangerous hitters - Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo.

Per usual, Uehara attacked the strike zone with a vengeance, getting weak contact from Davisd (flyout to left) and Machado (popup to short) before getting Trumbo to swing at strike three.

Uehara worked Trumbo expertly, mixing in diving split-fingers with elevated four-seamers.

He also needed just 12 pitches to record the three outs, making him a model of efficiency.


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* Marco Hernandez didn't have the best seventh inning.

Hernandez was filling in for Dustin Pedroia at second and had a rough time at the position.

Pedro Schoop led off by hitting a ball into the left field corner, with the ball caroming directly to outfielder Chris Young, who fired to second. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts moved out to the outfield for the cutoff and the Sox would have had Schoop out at second had Hernandez been at second to take the throw. But he wasn't there -- he had drifted out to shallow outfield grass, out of position.

Next came a hard line drive to third from Matt Wieters, which was caught by third baseman Travis Shaw. Shaw had a play at second on Schoop, who had wandered off the bag. But again, Hernandez wasn't in position to cover and take the throw.

Finally, pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim hit a slow roller just to the right of second base, but Hernandez, who was shifted toward first a bit, couldn't get to the ball as it roller into center for a base hit.

Granted, Hernandez doesn't have a lot of experience at second. But this was hardly his finest hour.