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Red Hot J.D. Martinez, Red Sox Blank Orioles 5-0

May 21, 2018 - 10:10 am

By Joe Schiller

Following his first career win, David Hess (1-1) started off strong against Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year old RHP allowed just one run on three hits through four innings, building off his impressive debut start against the Tampa Bay Rays last week.

But one can only keep one of MLB’s most dangerous teams silent for so long. Two-run homers by Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez in the fifth inning powered the Red Sox to a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The scoreline is deceiving from the Orioles’ perspective. A Chris Davis-less lineup combined for 13 hits but failed to score a single run, marking the first time in franchise history this has happened. Every batter in the lineup recorded a hit except for Jonathan Schoop.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1) faced little adversity on the mound and the opposition’s struggles did all of the work for him.

The difference maker for the Orioles lied within the box score. They left 14 stranded on base and finished 1-10 with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth inning ended with a Trey Mancini fly out to right field. That’s just the kind of night it was for Buck Showalter and company.

The Orioles dropped three of four games over the weekend series and sit with a current record of 14-32. Tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the most losses in the majors, to say it’s been a tough trek through 46 games is an understatement.

The road trip continues with a four-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Two struggling teams will face off tonight as Andrew Cashner (1-5) takes on Hector Santiago (0-1).