BOSTON — Despite a 13-game losing streak on the road coming to an end, the Baltimore Orioles suffered a 3-1 weekend series loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Game 1 (6-2 BOS): David Price threw a 95-pitch complete game and came one pitch shy of a shutout before Manny Machado smacked his 14’th home run of the season to left-center field. Price walked none, allowing five hits with eight strikeouts, a season-high to capture his fourth win of the season.
Kevin Gausman endured his second-worst start of 2018 and appeared lost at times on the mound, as the Red Sox stole five bases. Prior to Thursday, no baserunner had stolen against Gausman this season.
Both J.D. Martinez (two runs, first inning) and Xander Bogaerts (three runs, fifth inning) homered off Gausman, who allowed six runs on eight hits, two walks, and six strikeouts over 4.2 innings (101 pitches). Donnie Hart, Miguel Castro, and Pedro Araujo took care of the formidable Boston lineup the rest of the way, limiting the Red Sox to two hits and two walks with a strikeout by Castro.
Game 2 (7-4 BAL): It took seven starts, but Alex Cobb finally recorded his first win as an Oriole as the Birds snapped a 13-game losing streak on the road. In 6.1 innings (93 pitches), Cobb allowed three runs on 10 hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Mookie Betts tallied three hits against Cobb with a solo home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth inning.
The Orioles struck first in the opening inning when Mark Trumbo grounded out to third basemen Rafael Devers to score Adam Jones. The Birds plated four runs in the fourth inning on two-run singles by Jones (aided by a throwing error by left fielder Andrew Benintendi) and Machado.
In the seventh frame, Jonathan Schoop launched his fourth home run of the season to plate Baltimore’s fifth run. Trumbo would add on the sixth run on a ninth-inning double that scored Schoop.
Brad Brach earned his sixth save (four outs), allowing a hit and a walk. Boston starter Drew Pomeranz lasted just four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. Steven Wright put together a 4.2-inning relief appearance, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Game 4 (5-0 BOS): Despite out-hitting the Red Sox 13-12 during Sunday’s series finale, the Orioles left 14 runners on base en route to their fourth shutout loss of the season. Making his second career start at the major league level, David Hess fought valiantly, but received no run support and struggled mightily during his third rotation through Boston’s lineup. Martinez hit two home runs to give him three total RBI on the day. Benintendi launched a two-run bomb in the fifth inning, just moments before Martinez’s second homer of the afternoon.
Hess went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, two walks, ands four strikeouts. Mike Wright Jr. tossed 2.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout, and Araujo threw the eighth inning. Without allowing a walk, Eduardo Rodriguez earned his fourth win of the season for Boston, allowing nine hits with seven strikeouts.
Following Sunday’s action, the Orioles (14-32) sit 17.5 games back in the American League East, with the Red Sox (32-15) and Yankees (30-13) tied for first place.
Up next: The Orioles play another four-game road series at Guaranteed Rate Field against the struggling Chicago White Sox.
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