Game 1 of this Elite 8 matchup between the #7 seed Baltimore Orioles and the #2 seed Boston Red Sox features a pitching matchup between Mike Flanagan (19-15 4.03 Grade 10) versus Luis Tiant (13-8 3.31 Grade 11).
After a scoreless 1st inning the game gets offensive. Red Sox score a run in the second and then score 2 more in the 3rd courtesy of a 2 run homer by Jim Rice. The Orioles would answer with a run in the 4th, but the Red Sox would tally 3 more in the bottom half. Rick Burleson with a 3 run homer to make it 6-1 Red Sox.
The Orioles would get right back in it as Ken Singleton would take Tiant deep for a 3 run homer. With the score 6-4 the Red Sox would bust the game open in the bottom half as they score 4 more runs. Dwight Evans with a big 2 out 3 run homer. The Red Sox would go onto to score 4 more runs in the game, including another by Rice. Doug DeCinces would get in on the homer action with a solo shot but it was way too little and too late. Red Sox take Game 1.
Final Score: Red Sox 14, Orioles 5
WP: Luis Tiant (1-1)
LP: Mike Flanagan (1-1)