Red Sox - 001 001 000 - 2 7 0 Orioles - 021 002 00x - 5 10 0The Red Sox's seven-run rally in Sunday's eighth inning against Oakland is beginning to look more like an aberration than a catalyst.
Boston lost its second straight game to the Orioles on Wednesday night. Down 2-0 after two innings - considering the Red Sox's weak offense, even that seemed a little insurmountable - Boston scored single runs in the third and sixth innings, but in each case, the Orioles immediately struck back with a run or two of their own.
Rick Porcello (5.1-10-5-0-5, 80) struck out the side in the first inning, but faltered in the next two frames. In the second, he had two outs and a runner on second when he allowed an RBI double to J.J. Hardy and a run-scoring single to Ryan Flaherty.
The Red Sox cut that to 2-1 with two gone in the third. Dustin Pedroia singled and scored on Brock Holt's opposite field double.
Pedroia sparked the scoring in the sixth, too, beginning the inning with a double into the right field corner. Holt singled and Pedroia wisely stopped at third (Boston had two consecutive batters (Xander Boagerts and Pablo Sandoval) thrown out in the second inning trying to stretch singles into doubles.) Pedroia eventually scored on Mike Napoli's fielder's choice, bringing Boston to within one run again.
And again, Baltimore added to its lead. Porcello gave up singles to the first three Orioles. That made it 4-2 and a sac fly both brought in the fifth run for the home team and ended Porcello's night.
The Red Sox did absolutely nothing in the late innings, going down in order in the seventh, eighth, and ninth, and hitting only one ball out of the infield. In fact, Tommy Hunter struck out the 3-4-5 hitters in the ninth to put an exclamation point on Baltimore's victory.
Pedroia, 2BThis will be Porcello's third start against Baltimore this season. In the two previous starts, on April 19 and 24, he allowed a total of 12 runs and 18 hits in 11 innings.
X-rays on Hanley Ramirez's left knee last night were negative. Ramirez was asked if he saw himself becoming an infielder again. "Hell, no. ... I consider myself an outfielder." (Ramirez played only shortstop and third base before this season.)
David Ortiz ranks last among AL designated hitters in batting average (.219), RBIs (21) and runs scored (16). ... Since May 20, he is 11-for-65 (.169). ... His OPS splits this season, by month: April (.782), May (.624), June (.522).
From OTM: Ben Buchanan says it's time to fire hitting coach Chili Davis. ... Alex Skillin looks at Rusney Castillo: "Castillo has hit an astounding 68.4% of his balls in play on the ground. That rate ranks third highest in all of baseball ... Conversely, his 7.9% line-drive rate is the fourth lowest of any batter in MLB ..."
Worth Repeating: Eduardo Rodriguez is the only pitcher in baseball history to throw at least six innings and allow three or fewer hits and one or zero runs in his first three big league starts.