He hit a game-changing three-run homer in the Orioles’ 5-2 loss Tuesday night after planting a two-run blast onto the right-field flag court Monday as part of another Red Sox win.
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for the Red Sox, who stretched their lead over third-place Baltimore to five games with 11 remaining. Toronto played a late game on the west coast against the Angels and remains four back. After sweeping four games from the Yankees, Boston has won the first two of this pivotal four-game series.
“I’m glad it could spark the offense a little bit there but the most important thing about tonight is that we lost the game and we’ve got to comeback these next two days and find a way to split this series because it’s a big one”, Mancini said. “We’ll just put it on a track where we need to be”.
Josh Smith (3-2), making a spot start in a bullpen game for the Reds, allowed one run and three hits in three innings.
The Orioles cut the Sox lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning, as rookie Trey Mancini picked up his first Major League Baseball hit, first homer, and first RBI on one swing to end Rodriguez’ no-hit bid with two outs.
“When it’s his day on the mound, he sets the tone for us”, manager John Farrell said. Battling with what appeared to not exactly be his best stuff, Gausman pitched into the seventh inning, scattering seven base hits over the first six and keeping the Red Sox from getting any hits once a runner got into scoring position up until that point. Cabrera hit his 34th homer the following inning, a two-run drive against Michael Tonkin. “I was trying to throw that pitch off the plate, and hoping he’d kind of go after it, but obviously he’s the hitter he is because he can do that with pitches like that”, Gausman said.
David Ortiz is hitting.381 in 21 at-bats against Gausman, while Mookie Betts is hitting.353 in 17 at-bats.
“I had to shoot for something”. Showalter said he mainly wanted to let players’ families know about the switch. So I’m going to go for a fastball.
Just to put Porcello’s last couple months in perspective, Monday marked his 11th straight start of seven or more innings and three or fewer runs allowed, tying a Red Sox record with Pedro Martinez and Cy Young himself. “A team like this, tough to repeat what I did in Boston, tried to keep us in the game as much as I could”. He is also the first Orioles slugger since Nick Markakis (2006) to have their first hit be a home run.
Tempers flared in the fourth when Manny Machado was hit by a pitch by Porcello, who exchanged words with the Orioles third baseman as he walked slowly to first. The rookie sprinted around the bases, taking about half the time Ortiz did during his home run trot in the seventh.
The Orioles were quick to turn the page after the defeat, but Mancini will never forget this night. Larry Haney (1966) and Jonathan Schoop (2013) are the others.
“It was a really special moment, something that I’ve definitely been waiting for my whole life”, said Mancini, who is ranked the club’s No. 5 prospect and finished his debut 1-for-3. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup Tuesday to get treatment on his sore left knee. Showalter said the pitcher might miss the Toronto series that begins Tuesday. Over his 35 games, 19 starts and a 7-10 record, Buchholz owns a 5.20 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP in 126.1 innings. Dating to the final time he saw the Mets last season, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five starts against them.
Orioles: Unbeaten in four starts since August 25, Ubaldo Jimenez (7-11, 5.94) is 2-5 with a 7.39 ERA lifetime against the Red Sox.