The Orioles lost a frustrating game in Boston.
The Orioles fell short of their comeback hopes on Thursday, dropping the one-game series in Boston to the Red Sox in a hard-fought game. They move out of playoff position after briefly holding the final wild card slot following a two-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles starting lineup:
C. Mullins CF, 2. A. Rustchman C, 3. A. Santander LF, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. T. Vavra DH, 6. A. Hays RF, 7. R. Odor 2B, 8. R. Urias 3B, 9. J. Mateo SS
The man on the bump was Dean Kremer (4-3, 3.43 ERA, 43K).
The Red Sox starting lineup:
T. Pham LF, 2. R. Devers 3B, 3. X. Bogarts SS, 4. A. Verdugo RF, 5. J. Martinez DH, 6. E. Hosmer 1B, 7. C. Arroyo 2B, 8. K. Plawecki C, 9. J. Duran CF
The starting pitcher was Josh Winckowski (5-5, 4.68 ERA, 32 K).
Tommy Pham hit an RBI double in the 3rd to extend the Red Sox lead. Xander Bogaerts later hit him in with a sac fly to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Kremer had trouble tonight putting guys away once he got to two strikes.
Austin Davis (4.73) relieved Winckowski in the 6th, two batters too late from the Sox perspective.
Bryan Baker (4.40 ERA) came in for Vespi in the 7th and pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning.
John Schreiber (1.88 ERA) entered in the 8th to close the game out for the Red Sox. He wound up getting a two-inning save.
Keegan Akin (2.80 ERA) finishes the O’s out with hopes for a comeback that never happened.
The Orioles will travel to Tampa Bay for a 3-game series while both teams are battling for a playoff hunt. The first game will start at 7:10 PM EST tomorrow, Friday, August 12th.