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Orioles Drop Series Opener to Red Sox 5-3

July 24, 2018 - 10:36 am

By Joe Schiller

The post-Manny Machado era is in full swing for the Baltimore Orioles and the struggles have continued. Fresh off being swept on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first series following the All-Star break, the Orioles dropped a 5-3 decision at home to the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

Amid trade rumors, Kevin Gausman didn’t do much to boost his stock. The starter lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on three hits. A wet day made for two extended rain delays and the dropped him to 4-8 on the season. On the other side, Rick Porcello continued his dominant ways. He did not allow a run in six innings and kept a struggling batting order quiet to earn his 12th win of the season.

The Red Sox entered the day as the third highest home run hitting team this season and Mitch Moreland continued that trend. The first baseman gave Boston an early 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo shot, his 12th of the season. After a bases-loaded walk that scored Xander Bogaerts in the fifth, Andrew Benintendi’s ground-rule double cleared the bases and stretched the lead to 4-0. Gausman was pulled for reliever Miguel Castro, who pitched three innings, allowing an RBI single to J.D. Martinez.

The Orioles tallied one hit in each inning through the seventh and didn’t get on the score sheet until the eighth inning. Taking over Manny Machado’s locker, Jonathan Schoop played just like his best friend at the plate. He blasted his 13th home run on the season with a two-run home run to left field and Caleb Joseph added in a late ninth-inning RBI single but the comeback was short-lived.

With the loss, the Orioles drop to 28-73 on the season and still hold the worst record in the major leagues. They’ve matched their loss total from the 2016 season and the direction is clear for the team going forward.

It’s time for a new beginning.

The series continues tomorrow night with more rain the forecast as youngster Yefry Ramirez takes the mound against Drew Pomeranz.