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After leading 8-3, the Orioles fall 19-12 to the Red Sox

August 11, 2018 - 1:49 am

 

The Baltimore Orioles blew an 8-3 lead as they lost 19-12 in a slugfest to the Boston Red Sox. Regardless of the disappointing finish for Baltimore, this will be a memorable night for other reasons. 

Outfielder Cedric Mullins made his major league debut, and he did not disappoint. Mullins finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, one walk, and three runs. He showed patience at the plate, while he also displayed great speed around the bases. Defensively, Mullins was not perfect, but it was a step in the right direction. 

On a night where their bats were red-hot, Baltimore's pitching was non-existent. Dylan Bundy gave up seven earned runs in five innings of work. It was a rough performance for him as he allowed two homers. 

It started in the first inning with a three-run homer by Xander Bogaerts.

The Orioles answered with back-to-back four-run innings. In the second inning, they scored four earned runs via a Chris Davis solo homer, a Cedric Mullins RBI double, and an Adam Jones two-RBI single. 

In the third inning, Baltimore scored off of a throwing error by Jackie Bradley Jr., while Mullins also recorded another RBI. Jonathan Villar sacrificed to the pitcher to bring in one run, while Tim Beckham picked up a RBI single. 

After Bundy pitched a scoreless second and third inning, Boston scored two runs in the fourth via a Jackie Bradley Jr. triple and a passed ball. In the sixth inning, the wheels came off for Bundy. He allowed a solo homer to Brock Holt, a single and walked a batter before being pulled.

Despite Bundy's poor performance, the Orioles were still in a position to win until Miguel Castro and Donnie Hart both struggled in the sixth inning to record outs. Castro walked three of the five batters he faced, while Hart walked one and allowed a two-RBI single.

Baltimore also recorded two runs in the sixth. Beckham hit a solo homer to center field, while Davis later picked up a sacrifice fly to help Mark Trumbo score.

Hart then allowed a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Evan Phillips relieved Hart in the seventh, and he forced two groundouts to retire the side. However, in the eighth inning, it was a different story.

With the bases loaded, Mookie Betts hit a three-RBI double off of Phillips to essentially close the door on Baltimore. Tanner Scott relieved Phillips, and he allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. 

In the eighth inning, Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer to cut the lead to eight. After a quick top half of the ninth inning, Mullins hit another double and was later brought home via a Jonathan Villar RBI single. 

The Orioles are now 35-81 as they dropped the first of a four-game series with the Red Sox. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at 1:00 pm ET.