Game Story: Orioles finally beat Red Sox, 6-2

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Game Story: Orioles finally beat Red Sox, 6-2

BALTIMORE -- Wins over the Baltimore Orioles aren't guaranteed for the Red Sox. It just seems that way sometimes.

The Orioles snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox, taking a 3-0 lead after three innings then adding three runs in the eighth off Alfredo Aceves to seal a 5-2 win over the Sox.

Kyle Weiland, facing the Orioles for the second time in his second major league start, allowed three runs over six innings and was tagged with the loss.

The only runs of the night for Boston came on a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fifth off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. It was Saltalamacchia's second homer in as many games and eighth since May 15.

After Saltalamacchia's homer, the Sox had only once got a baserunner into scoring position.

Home runs from Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds in the eighth added on to the lead in the eighth.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.