Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-3

The Red Sox are still not playing especially well.

But they have won three of four games since Dustin Pedroia accused his teammates of not always showing up ready to compete, the latest a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles last night.

That it took the notoriously impatient Adrian Beltre to draw a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the worst team in baseball isn’t the point. The Red Sox did what was needed.

“We’re finding a way to win,’’ ...

A couple of days to clear his head, take a deep breath, reflect, examine his swing. And what happens? A home run, the first of David Ortiz’s frustrating season.

All you can do now is wonder whether this will trigger the same avalanche of good times he experienced in the second half of last season. There have been games when Ortiz has hit, and suddenly you think there’s a rebirth. What we do know is he practiced his mechanics all week, hitting the ball to left-center, st...