BALTIMORE -- If this was the Red Sox' idea of revenge, they did a lousy job of it.
With incentive to pay the Baltimore Orioles back for knocking them out of the playoffs last September, the Sox, with the roles reversed, rolled over for the Orioles Friday night and were hammered, 9-1.
The Sox mustered just one hit -- a bunt single by Scott Podsednik to lead off the game. After that the Sox sent 29 more men to the plate, just two over the minimum.
They managed just three baserunners after Podsednik -- a leadoff walk to Daniel Nava in the third; a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia in the fourth; and an error allowed Pedro Ciriaco to reach with two outs in the ninth.
Meanwhile, the Orioles erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first off Aaron Cook, led by a two-run homer from Chris Davis and a grand slam from Ryan Flaherty. When Cook walked the first two hitters he faced in the second, he was pulled.
The Orioles added three more runs when they connected for four straight two-out hits -- three of them doubles -- off Alfredo Aceves in the fifth.
Chris Tillman went eight innings, allowing just one unearned run before Troy Patton closed it out for the Orioles.
The loss was Boston's seventh in the last eight games and 11th in 16 meetings with the Orioles this season.
BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.