BOSTON — After grabbing their first road win since Apr. 8 on Friday night, the Orioles looked to keep the momentum going against the Red Sox and hopefully push for their first road series win since that same Sunday back in April.
Instead, the O’s pitchers fell victim to the dangerous Boston lineup on a chilly night at Fenway Park. Dylan Bundy and Red Sox starter Rick Porcello traded strikeouts early in Saturday’s game with both starters only surrendering a run through the first four innings. Overall it was shaping up to be a pitchers’ duel but then the offenses broke out.
Things got rough for Bundy in the fifth inning during his third time through the Boston lineup. To no one’s surprise it was Mookie Betts, the certified Oriole killer, leading the charge for the Boston offense with a two-run homer over the green monster. Betts has been on an absolute tear this year and the Orioles have just been another team standing in his way. The 25-year-old right fielder has seven hits and four RBI so far in this weekend’s series.
2018 Preakness winner, Justify, isn’t the only one with two legs of a triple crown under their belt as Saturday comes to a close. Betts fifth-inning homer marked his 15’th of the year, giving him the lead over Manny Machado (14 HR/.347 BA) in both home runs and batting average.
Andrew Benintendi immediately followed Betts with a solo shot of his own that landed in the Orioles’ bullpen. The back-to-back home runs quickly gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead after the first four innings had been deadlocked.
The Orioles’ offense responded in the top of the sixth when Mark Trumbo got on base before Pedro Alvarez came up and launched a two-run blast down the left field line. The lead had been cut to just a run but it would not be long before the Red Sox extended it once again.
After walking the first two batters in the seventh, Tanner Scott surrendered a two-RBI single to Benintendi to make it a 6-3 game. The Orioles’ offense did not have a response this time as the Red Sox bullpen went on to close out the final two innings in order. Craig Kimbrel picked up his 13th save of the season and Porcello earned the win while Bundy was credited with his team-leading sixth loss.
The four-game series between Boston and Baltimore comes to a close tomorrow afternoon with the Orioles looking for a split against the AL East-leading Red Sox.
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