After a 2-1 series win against the New York Yankees at home, the Baltimore Orioles would take on one of their other division rivals in the Boston Red Sox. The series would be a pivotal one, as it is four games.
The Orioles took Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez deep four times. They would go on to win the game 7-5.
“When everyone is kind of in a good place, that’s the kind of offense you’re going to see,” said Mark Trumbo, who started off the festivities with a two-run home run in the first inning.
Orioles starting pitcher Wade Miley went seven innings and only gave up one run.
The Baltimore Orioles delivered another win in front of a home crowd on Friday. The final score was 3-2. Off of the backs of outfielder Seth Smith and third baseman Manny Machado, the Orioles went up 2-0 in the first inning. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop also scored a run.
Orioles starting pitcher Alec Asher went 6.1 innings, just giving up three hits and two earned runs. Baltimore’s bullpen was masterful. Relievers Mychal Givens and Darren O’Day both put up clean performances, not giving up one run. Closer Brad Brach slammed the door shut for the save.
Baltimore could not over come the onslaught of Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez’s bat or the strong outing by pitcher David Price. Price went seven innings and only gave up one run. Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning off of Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy.
“I feel like it’s going to continue to get better,” Price said. “That’s my fourth outing with an umpire, my fourth outing with guys on base. I expect to get a lot better than this.”
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox were scrapping for a win on Sunday. If Baltimore won, they would have inched a game closer to Boston in the division. Boston, had other plans.
In the sixth inning, Boston would score two runs off of a throwing error made by Baltimore catcher Francisco Pena. Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi would go deep to make the game 6-3 in the seventh. It was his second homer of the game. Boston would eventually win 7-3.
The Orioles (29-26) will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-31, 5th place in the NL Central), beginning a two-game series on Tuesday. Baltimore currently sits 3.5 games back of division-leading Yankees (32-22). Boston (31-25) sits a game and a half above Baltimore for second place.
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