On the night of the United States Army’s 241st birthday, the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox came into Fenway Park to start a three game series tied for first place in the American League East Division. The O’s have spent 55 days this season in first place while the Sox have spent only 19 days in first. Baltimore would make it 56 days tonight winning 3-2 breaking their three game losing streak and improving to 5-3 on the season against Boston.
Facing Boston for the first time this season red hot right-handed starting pitcher for the O’s Chris Tillman hoped to add on to his impressive career stats against the Sox. He came in with a 9-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in 18 career starts against them and a 4-1 record with a 2.56 ERA in 8 career starts at Fenway Park. The veteran ace would win his 9th game of the year (9-1) and his eighth consecutive start pitching seven innings only giving up one run of five hits with seven strikeouts. The O’s have now won 10 of the last 11 games that Tillman has started. Runs driven in for the O’s were by third baseman Manny Machado in the 1st inning with a two-run homer and by second baseman Jonathan Schoop with a solo homer; Schoop’s homer was his first career homer against the Sox. Closer Zach Britton pitched a five out save performance for his 20th of the season which included striking out the side in the bottom of the 9th.
Left-handed starting pitcher for the Sox David Price had been battling bad luck in his past few starts losing back-to-back starts but only giving up a total of four earned runs in those starts. He would lose again tonight but with eleven strikeouts (for the first time since May 12th), five hits, three runs and no walks. This loss to Price (7-4) is the first time since July of last season that he has lost three starts in a row. Sox veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia has proven to be a tough out not just for Chris Tillman and the O’s in general, but for the entire league. Pedroia came into tonight reaching base safely in 17 of his last 18 games and hitting .268 in his career against Tillman. He would go _-for-_ tonight extending his hit streak against Baltimore to 16 straight games. Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. broke Tillman’s 12 consecutive batters retired streak with a solo homer in the 7th inning; Bradley Jr. had been hitting .184 since his 29-game hitting streak had come to an end. Hanley Ramirez added an RBI single in the 8th tonight.
The O’s did strikeout a total of 13 times tonight which is nearly half of the outs in a game for one teams, but however the Sox didn’t do much better striking out 11 times. Game two of this series will be tomorrow at 7:10 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Kevin Gausman (BAL) vs. Steven Wright (BOS).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).