In the second game of a four game series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, disaster struck right away when Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts lead-off the game with a home run on just the second pitch thrown by O’s starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. It would become even more disastrous in the second inning when Betts would homer again and drive in three runs. Betts would end up hitting a career-high three homers total against two of Baltimore’s pitchers tonight as the Red Sox defeat the O’s 6-2 taking the lead in the season series 3-2.
Betts hit homers 10,11 and 12 of the season tonight at Camden Yards, two against Gausman and then one against reliever Dylan Bundy in the seventh. He accounted for five of Boston’s six runs and extended his hitting streak to four games. Right after Betts’ first homer to lead-off the game second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a homer for the Sox’ second back-to-back homers of the season. Making his first appearance this season Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who used to be Orioles property before being traded to Boston in 2014 in exchange for reliever Andrew Miller, beat his former team for the first time in his career pitching six innings only giving up two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts on 89 pitches.
Kevin Gausman earned the loss tonight but still managed to overcome a rough first and second inning to go lights out the rest of the way and ended the night going six innings giving five runs on five hits. He also walked two, had a throwing error in the sixth but struck out eight Sox batters on a career tying pitch count of 113. The 25-year-old right-hander has now had three straight starts with at least 100 pitches, and four of his last five. Runs driven in by the O’s tonight came from Nolan Reimold in the third with a double and Adam Jones in the fifth with a single. Baltimore has now lost seven of their last 9.
Game three of the four game series will be Wednesday night at 7:05 PM/ET. Starting pitchers for that game will be: Joe Kelly (BOS 2-0 6.30 ERA) vs. Mike Wright (BAL 2-3 5.05 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).