Red Sox lose to Orioles again, tied for second AL Wild Card – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (AP) – The Boston Red Sox received another blow in their playoff push by last-place Baltimore with Ryan Mountcastle hitting a three-run homer in the third inning of the Orioles 6-2 win on Thursday night.
Baltimore has lost 107 games this year but won two of three in this series against Boston – good news for the Yankees, Blue Jays and Mariners. The Red Sox fell to a tie with Seattle for the American League’s second wild card. Boston trailed the Yankees by 1 1/2 games and led the Blue Jays by half a game, awaiting the conclusion of the game from New York to Toronto.
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Kiké Hernandez scored on the opening pitch for the Red Sox, but little happened for them after that. Mountcastle gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead with their 33rd Homer of the season, and the Orioles added three more runs in the sixth.
Boston’s Nick Pivetta (9-8) struck out the batting side in the first but eventually allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out eight with two walks.
Alexander Wells (2-3) allowed one run and three hits in six innings after starting the game with a 7.61 ERA.
It wasn’t as bad as it was in 2011, when the Red Sox allowed Baltimore two runs in the ninth inning and was eliminated on the final night of the regular season. This collapse ended the tenure of manager Terry Francona in Boston.
A decade later, the Orioles were once again a thorn in Boston’s side, but the Red Sox still have time to recover when they end the regular season with a streak in Washington.
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The Boston pitchers threw four wild shots in this game. Two of them came in sixth, when the Red Sox also made a mistake. Tyler Nevin gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead with a two-run single, and Pat Valaika followed with a fly sacrifice.
Red Sox: Boston is badly placed at second base. Christian Arroyo was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list more than a week ago, but José Iglesias has reached 0.339 in 20 games for Boston and continues to play. The Red Sox signed Iglesias in early September, so he can’t play for them in the playoffs if they succeed. Manager Alex Cora has said Arroyo, who has only played twice since his return, is doing what he can to stay sharp. “I hope we have to make this decision, let’s put it that way, don’t we?” Who will play second in the playoffs? Cora said.
Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (11-8) starts Friday night in the series opener in Washington. Josh Rogers (2-1) takes the mound for the Nationals.
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Orioles: Baltimore ends up against another playoff contender in Toronto. The Orioles have yet to announce a starter for Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays’ Steven Matz (13-7).