BOSTON — Dan Butler was just picking his spots.
The Boston Red Sox catcher collected his first major league hit in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. His one-out double snapped an 0-for-12 stretch to begin his big league career and broke up a perfect game bid by O’s starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Chen retired the first 16 batters he faced. The left-hander fell behind Butler, though, and the 27-year-old backstop lined a 2-0 fastball off the Green Monster to ensure the Red Sox wouldn’t fall victim to a perfect game for the first time in franchise history.
Butler, who made his major league debut earlier this season, hadn’t started a game since Aug. 17.