O's outlast Sox in extras 9-6

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O's outlast Sox in extras 9-6

BOSTON The Red Sox futility continued Saturday afternoon for their season, their attempts against the Orioles, and in extra-innings at home as they lost, 9-6, in 12 innings at Fenway Park.

The Sox fell to 4-10 against the Os this season, 1-7 at home, as they fell to 2-9 in extra innings, 0-7 in extra innings at Fenway. They also fell to 0-4 in extra innings against the Os, all at Fenway.

The Orioles, meanwhile, won 16 straight extra-inning games, the most since the 1949 Indians won 17 straight, and are 11-0 on the road.

With the loss, the Sox are assured of losing the season series against Baltimore for the first time since they went 9-10 in 2004. They fell to 17 games under .500, at 68-85.

Neither starter was involved in the decision. Aaron Cook went 5 13 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout, while his ERA rose from 4.93 to 5.13.

Os left-hander Randy Wolf, who signed with the Os on Aug. 31 after being released by the Brewers and was making his second start for the Orioles. He went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

The Orioles got on the board first when Cook opened the game with a walk to Nate McLouth, who stole second, went to third on J.J. Hardys groundout and scored on Adam Jones groundout.

But the Sox tied the game in the bottom of the first when Dustin Pedroia, who doubled to right, scored on Ryan Lavarnways single to right.

The Os got a run in the second when Chris Davis hit a one-out single to left and took second on Cooks errant pick-off attempt, and scored on Manny Machados single to center.

Mark Reynolds led off the fourth with home run, giving the Os a 3-1 lead. It was Reynolds 22nd homer of the season, and sixth in 11 games against the Sox.

The Sox tied the game in fourth on Danny Valencias first home run with the Red Sox, scoring Mike Aviles who singled.

With one out in the sixth, Davis singled and Machado doubled, knocking Cook from the game. Ryan Flaherty greeted Rich Hill with a first-pitch triple, putting the Os ahead, 5-3.

Jones' 31st home run of the season, leading off the seventh, extended the Os lead to three runs.

The Sox came back with two in the bottom of the inning. Scott Podsednik led off with a double off right-hander Jake Arietta, who entered in the sixth, followed by a walk to Ciriaco and single by Pedroia to load the bases. Cody Ross grounded into a fielders choice, scoring Podsednik. And Ryan Lavarnway followed with a fielders choice to score Ciriaco, cutting the Sox deficit to one run, 6-5.

The Sox tied the game in the eighth off Pedro Strop on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Nava and Podsednik. Strop entered the game with an ERA of 7.36 in his last games, spanning 11 innings.

Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Bailey, and Mark Melancon each pitched one perfect inning, from the eighth through the 11th.

But, Alfredo Aceves, who has been virtually toxic lately, came in for the 12th. In two-third of an inning, he gave up three runs. He opened the inning by giving up a double to Jones followed by a one-out, ground-rule double to Jim Thome, giving the Os the lead. With two outs, he gave up an RBI single to Endy Chavez, ending Aceves outing. Chris Carpenter entered, giving up a single to Machado, scoring Chavez, giving the Os the 9-6 lead.

Aceves took the loss, falling to 2-10 with a 5.31 ERA.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals

QUOTES:

"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.

 

NOTES:

* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).

 

STARS:

1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.

 

First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

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First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Steven Wright recovered nicely after the first inning, but the damage was done.

Wright's last five innings featured just three hits allowed -- one in the infield. But the first inning did the Red Sox in -- two walks followed by a three-run homer, then a single and a two-run homer.

Whether this was a matter of rust for Wright -- who last pitched three weeks ago Friday night -- or an early inability to command his knuckleball is uncertain.

The fact is, Wright dug an early hole for his teammates, and he had the misfortune to do so against a team with the best bullpen in baseball.

To his credit, Wright kept the game somewhat within reach thereafter, but the five-run head start proved too much of a jump.

 

It's time to worry a little about Jackie Bradley.

Bradley was just 7-for-40 in the just-completed road trip, and things didn't get any better on the first night of the homestand.

In the first, he came up with two on and two out and struck out swinging to strand both baserunners. In the third, he came to the plate with runners on the corners and, again, struck out swinging.

We're seeing the same kind of slump that Bradley fell into in previous seasons, where even contact is hard to find, with nine strikeouts in the last 16 at-bats.

Problem is, with Andrew Benitendi on the DL, there aren't a lot of options for John Farrell with the Red Sox outfield.

 

Trying to get Fernando Abad and Junichi Tazawa back on track in low- leverage mop-up didn't work.

Tazawa had a perfect seventh, but gave up a monster shot into the center field bleachers to Lorenzo Cain to start the eighth.

Abad entered, and while he did record a couple of strikeouts, also gave up a single, a walk and threw a wild pitches before he could complete the inning.

Getting some work for the two was the right idea, given that the Sox were down by three runs at the time. A good outing might help either regain some confidence and turn the corner.

But not even that could be accomplished Friday night.