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Orioles can not avoid sweep as they fall 4-1 to the Red Sox

August 12, 2018 - 5:37 pm

The Boston Red Sox completed the four-game sweep against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday as they won 4-1 in the series finale. Baltimore's offense struggled immensely on Sunday as they had no answer for Chris Sale. 
Sale received the start for Boston, and he was as dominant as ever. He only allowed one hit as he recorded 12 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Alex Cobb had a quality start as he only allowed one earned run in seven innings. Cobb picked up his 15th loss of the season, and much like the entire year, he did not receive any run support from the Orioles. 

The Red Sox struck first as former Oriole Steve Pearce hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning.

Boston added to their lead in the fourth as Brock Holt scored off of a throwing error by Adam Jones.

In the eighth inning, Baltimore made a late-game push. With the bases loaded, for the second time, Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly, in which Cedric Mullins scored to cut the lead to one. 

One inning later, the Red Sox added some insurance for their lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. picked up an RBI single, while Mookie Betts then picked an RBI double. 

Mark Trumbo struck out for the final out as Baltimore lost their fifth consecutive game. After Sale left the game, the Orioles had plenty of opportunities, but they failed to capitalize. 

In the sixth inning, Mancini had the bases loaded, yet he struck out swinging. In the eighth inning, Tim Beckham Jr. struck out with runners on the corners and two outs. 

In total, the Orioles went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They will have Monday off as they prepare for a two-game series with the New York Mets. 

Quick Hits:
Austin Wynns' hit streak extends to seven games, and miraculously, this streak started on July 27th. 

In his first major league series, Cedric Mullins went 5-for-13 with two RBIs, three strikeouts, and three walks.