Entering Friday night's game, there were 45 games left in the regular season. Repeating a popular refrain "The season starts now!" The Red Sox had their prize of the trade deadline, Kyle Schwarber starting as designated hitter. The Red Sox received excellent starting pitching from Nick Pivetta and the result... A 8-1 win over the Orioles Friday night at Fenway.

Schwarber was 0-2, but walked in his first 2 at bats, as he batted 6th. He scored 2 runs.

Nick Pivetta went 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run. He struck out 8 and walked 2.

Garrett Richards finished out the game, making his 1st relief appearance for Boston. He pitched scoreless 7th, 8th and 9th inning, picking up his 1st save since 2013. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 4

The bottom of the order, the 7-8-9 batters, Kevin Plawecki, Jarren Duran and Bobby Dalbec were a combined 7-11 batting.

Bobby Dalbec was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a home run, his 12th of the season. He drove in 3 runs.

Jarren Duran was 2-4 with a double and drove in 2 runs

Kevin Plawecki was 2-3 and is now 10-24 (.417) in his last 7 games.

Hunter Renfroe was 2-4 and hit his 20th homer of the season, a solo shot in the 7th inning.

Xander Bogaerts was 1-4, with a home run, his 18th in the 4th inning. It was his 2nd homer in his last 3 games, after a 9-game homerless streak.

For Baltimore, their losing streak now is 9 games.

Richie Martin scored Baltimore's lone run, a homer around the Pesky Pole, in right field in the 3rd inning.

Manager Alex Cora on the win.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 Friday night, so the Red Sox remain 5 games back in 2nd place in the AL East.

The Red Sox and Orioles will play the 2nd game of the 3-game series Saturday afternoon with Chris Sale set to make his 1st start in the major leagues since Tommy John surgery in 2019. The pregame starts at 3:10 and 1st pitch at 4:10 on AM 1370 WDEA.

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