Orioles Fall to Red Sox 8-5

May 08, 2019 - 1:05 pm

BALTIMORE – Orioles tried to make a comeback in the eighth inning but fall short to Boston 6-5.  

David Hess took the mound for his fourth career start against the Red Sox Tuesday night.  First inning came with homeruns from both teams.  J.D. Martinez, who did not have a single hit on Monday, slammed a ball to center field for a two-run homerun.  Hess was able to just keep the first inning at 20 pitches and two runs.  It was the Orioles turn to answer.  Dwight Smith Jr. smacked a line drive to left field to put a man on base with two-out in the first inning.  Rio Ruiz hit his third homerun of the season that tied the game 2-2. 

Monday night, Xander Bogaerts failed to even get on base.  Tuesday night he made up for it hitting his seventh homerun of the season out to center field, giving Boston a one score lead.  Hanser Alberto also hit a homerun in the fourth inning which tied the game again 3-3.

After throwing 92 pitches for Hess, Branden Kline came into pitch in the fifth inning.  A line drive by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch that walked J.D. Martinez, put two men on base and Mitch Moreland to the plate.  Moreland smacked his tenth homerun of the season putting Boston back in the lead 6-3.  Kline was able to get out of the inning with help from the defense and retiring Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis. 

Gabriel Ynoa came in and had three scoreless innings.  Ynoa recorded one hit, one walk and three strike outs. Ynoa did not return for the ninth, instead Evan Philips came out to close for the Orioles.  When asked if Ynoa could have pitched another inning he said:  “I think I could but at the same time I was told my limitations and I respect that.” 

The eight consisted of a rally by Baltimore.  Trey Mancini was able to single in the eight after grounding out at his three previous plate appearances.  Smith smacked one to right field far enough for Mancini to slide home. Orioles were now only down by two scores.  Chris Davis also contributed in the rally.  Davis hit into the gap to left field as Smith came into score, with the Orioles now down by just a run.  The inning ended with a swinging strike by Stevie Wilkerson, who has been dominant on both offense and defense.

Phillips came in to close for the Orioles and walked two out of the four batters that he faced.  Miguel Castro was called to the mound another run weas scored by the Red Sox giving Baltimore a farther reach to possibly make a comeback.  

Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to left field bringing in Christian Vázquez to score and making it 8-5.  Castro retired Moreland and Bogaerts grounded out to finish the inning.  

Orioles face the Red Sox again one more time Wednesday night and will be facing the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series this weekend.