Orioles - 200 000 010 - 3 5 0 Red Sox - 000 000 110 - 2 7 0In his previous start, last Wednesday in San Francisco, David Price pitched eight excellent innings, but allowed two solo home runs and lost 2-1. Facing the Orioles at Fenway Park, Price (8-5-3-0-11, 105) again was on his game, but allowed two home runs in a losing effort.
Manny Machado gave Baltimore two early runs when he sliced the ball down the right field line and inside Pesky's Pole. After that, Price retired the next 19 batters. Jonathan Schoop homered in the eighth.
The Red Sox had their chances against Chris Tillman (7-5-1-2-7, 120). David Ortiz doubled to start the second inning and Hanley Ramirez walked. With two on, Jackie Bradley struck out looking and Chris Young struck out swinging. Travis Shaw walked, loading the bases, but Christian Vazquez grounded into a force play.
Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the third, but was stranded at third base as Bogaerts grounded to second and Ortiz struck out.
Boston finally scored when Jackie Bradley homered to center in the seventh. Mookie Betts began the eighth with a double off Mychal Givens. He took third on Pedroia's fly out to right. After Xander Bogaerts walked, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter called on his closer, Zach Britton. The lefty reliever struck out Ortiz on three pitches, but then allowed a single to Ramirez, which cut the score to 3-2. With the potential tying run at second, Bradley grounded back to the mound.
Britton struck out the side - Young, Josh Rutledge and Rusney Castillo - in the ninth.
(Home plate umpire Marty Foster cut short a promising inning for the Red Sox in the bottom of the first. Pedroia singled with one out. Bogaerts took an inside 3-1 pitch that Foster wrongly called a strike. (Tillman's first pitch to Bogaerts had been in the exact same spot and Foster called that one a ball.) So instead of having runners at first and second with one out, Bogaerts grounded into a double play on the next pitch.)
Betts, RFThe Orioles and Red Sox are both 36-26, tied for first place in the AL East.
Price is no Steven Wright on The Ace Scale, but he has a 2.55 ERA over his last six starts. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.