Following a sweep of the Detroit Tigers at home, the Baltimore Orioles faced an AL East rival, playing the Boston Red Sox at home for three games. In their third series against the AL East in 2023, the Orioles got their first in-division series win, taking the first and third games of the series.
There's some things to discuss with all three games, so let's get right to it!
3 takeaways from the Baltimore Orioles series victory against the Boston Red Sox
Monday, 4/24: Early comebacks work
After the top of the third inning, the Orioles found themselves in a 4-0 hole after Dean Kremer got hit hard by the Red Sox bats. However, that deficit didn't last long. They got a run back in the bottom of the third before scoring three runs in the fourth, spurred by a Ramón Urías two run double.
In the fifth inning, they took a 5-4 lead when Jorge Mateo scored on a single from Austin Hays. That lead lasted for the rest of the game, with Yennier Cano sealing the deal in the ninth to pick up his first save of the year.
Tuesday, 4/25: Too little too late
With Kyle Bradish getting the start in the middle game, things didn't go so well for the Orioles. Bradish was tagged for seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings as the Red Sox built up an early 7-0 lead. Corey Kluber had his first quality start of the season for the Red Sox, allowing one run in six innings, a home run by Jorge Mateo.
However, things got interesting in the ninth inning with the Orioles down 8-1. Kaleb Ort was in the game for the Red Sox with a simple task of protecting a seven run lead. He gave up a solo home run to Gunnar Henderson, making the score 8-2. The Orioles then loaded the bases with one out and that's when Cedric Mullins came up big, blasting a grand slam and making things interesting in a hurry.
With the score now 8-6, the Red Sox turned to closer Kenley Jansen, and he got the last two outs to stop the comeback in its tracks. While a good try, it turned out to be too little, too late for the Orioles.
Wednesday, 4/26: One big inning
With the series on the line in the finale, the Orioles and Red Sox were tied 1-1 entering the fourth inning. That was when the Orioles pulled ahead and stayed ahead. Ramón Urías and Cedric Mullins each hit RBI singles, while Adley Rutschman added a sac fly to put the Orioles ahead 4-1.
The Orioles would add another run in the sixth inning on a sac fly from Anthony Santander, and one more in the eighth on a Ryan McKenna RBI double. Tyler Wells allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings and Félix Bautista worked the ninth to close out the series win.
The Orioles hit the road for the weekend, taking on the Detroit Tigers in the motor city. The Orioles are coming off a weekend sweep of the Tigers at Camden Yards this previous weekend.