After returning from a West Coast road trip in which they played ten games in 11 days, going 5-5 in those games, the Baltimore Orioles started a two-game home series with the Boston Red Sox, who are currently on an 11-game road trip of four different cities. The Orioles would start off their 8-game home stand with a loss thanks to the Red Sox and Mookie Betts who accounted for all of their runs in a 5-3 game. Boston has now won five games in a row.
Orioles veteran starter Yovani Gallardo had not started a game at home since July 25th, going 1-2 in three starts since then. He would finish the night with a no-decision pitching five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking five (one in each inning he pitched) and striking out two. Oriole hitters were not able to get their first base hit of the ballgame until the seventh inning on an infield hit by first baseman Steve Pearce. They would break the shutout later in the seventh when Matt Wieters hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and then Adam Jones would walk with the bases loaded to tie the game up in the inning. Reliever Brad Brach (7-2) would come in the eighth only to give up a single and the game-deciding homer to earn the loss.
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who was 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA in five career starts against the club who used to own his rights, looked like a totally different pitcher tonight as he would end up no-hitting the Orioles but lasting only four plus innings due to an undisclosed injury. Reliever Matt Barnes would come in to finish Rodriguez’ batter and hold the no hitter until the seventh inning. Right fielder Mookie Betts had come in tonight with career numbers against the Orioles hitting over .400 with six homers and 12 RBI’s from this season alone. He would add two more homers and five more RBI’s tonight in which both homers broke ties in the game. Betts has more multi-home run games in Camden Yards than anyone one on the Orioles this season. Reliever Brad Ziegler (1-3) earned his first win of the season and closer Brad Kimbrel earned his 21st save of the season.
The second game of this two-game series will be Wednesday 7:00 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: David Price (BOS 10-8 4.29 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (BAL 15-4 3.46 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).