The Orioles hitters came to play in a four-hour game.
The Orioles outshined the Red Sox in an early offensive battle. There were plenty of runs, hits, errors, and even two ejections. The offense rebounded after a quiet showing against Chicago.
The Orioles starting lineup:
C. Mullins CF, 2. A. Rustchman C, 3. A. Santander DH, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. K. Stowers RF, 6. A. Hays LF, 7. R. Odor 2B, 8. R. Urias 3B, 9. J. Mateo SS
The starter on the mound was Jordan Lyles (9-9, 4.48 ERA, 114 K)
The Red Sox starting lineup:
T. Pham LF, 2. A. Verdugo RF, 3. X. Bogarts SS, 4. R. Devers 3B, 5. C. Arroyo 2B, 6. E. Hosmer 1B, 7. R. Refsnyder DH, 8. R. McGuire C, 9. E. Hernandez CF
The starter for Boston was Kutter Crawford (3-4, 4.18 ERA, 65 K)
The Red Sox took an early lead in the 2nd with a 2-RBI double by Enrique Hernandez, back from a long stint on the injured list.
The Orioles quickly bounced back with a Jorge Mateo 398-foot 3-run home run (12) to give the O’s a 3-2 lead in the 2nd.
Anthony Santander hit a 2-run 353-foot home run (21) to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead in the 3rd. Rougned Odor then hit a sac fly to score Kyle Stowers to extend the lead to 6-4. Stowers had a great game at the plate and in the field in his first game at Camden Yards.
Adley Rutschman hit a 2-run 422-foot home run (8) to give the O’s an 8-4 lead in the 4th.
Hirokazu Sawamura (3.04 ERA) came in for the Red Sox. Crawford was left in way too long and ended up being charged nine earned runs.
Ryan Mountcastle hit a 2-run 428-foot home run (17) to give the O’s a 10-4 lead.
Keegan Akin (2.63 ERA) relieved Lyles in the 5th. Lyles was not sharp and couldn’t put hitters away, but Hyde would have been better off letting him face one or two more batters.
Eric Hosmer hit a single to score Rafael Devers. Tommy Pham hit a 3-RBI double to give the Red Sox more hope to make it 10-8 in the 5th. Alex Verdugo hit a single to score him to add one more run to make it 10-9. It was infuriating for the Orioles to give up a five spot after breaking the game open. None of Akin’s five runs allowed were earned due to an Odor error to lead off the inning.
Nick Vespi (3.98 ERA) came in for the O’s to get them out of the inning.
Ryan Brasier (5.09 ERA) came in for Boston in the 5th. Ramon Urias hit a solo 432-foot home run (13) to give the O’s an 11-9 lead. Anthony Santander added to the wound with a 2-RBI double to extend the lead even more. Mountcastle hit a single to score him to make it 14-9.
Jeurys Familia (6.17 ERA) came in for the Red Sox.
Austin Hays hits a double to score Mountcastle. 15-9 O’s.
Reese McGuire hit a single to score Refsnyder to make it 15-10, but there was no scoring after the top of the 6th.
Dillon Tate (2.44 ERA) came in for the O’s in the 6th.
Cionel Perez (1.77 ERA) relieved Tate in the 7th.
Matt Barnes (6.45 ERA) came in for the Red Sox in the 7th.
Matt Strahm (3.58 ERA) relives Barnes in the 8th.
Felix Bautista (1.62 ERA) came in for the O’s to finish out the game. The last three bullpen arms threw three shutout innings. The two teams combined for 37 hits.
The Orioles and Red Sox continue the series tomorrow, Saturday, August 20th at 4:05 PM EST.