Orioles make short work of Cook, 9-1


Orioles make short work of Cook, 9-1

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.

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.