Red Sox drop Game 1 to Orioles, 6-5

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Red Sox drop Game 1 to Orioles, 6-5

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- Different opponent, same old outcome.

Falling behind early once again, the Red Sox rallied but fell short against the Baltimore Orioles, dropping a 6-5 decision.

Trailing 6-2 in the fifth after the O's had shelled starter Kyle Weiland, the Sox got a run-scoring double from Adrian Gonzalez and a triple from Dustin Pedroia to score twice in the sixth, then added another run on an RBI single from Gonzalez.

But the Sox produced nothing in the final two innings against the Baltimore bullpen and lost for the third straight time and dropped to 4-14 in the month of September.

The defeat enabled the Tampa Bay Rays, who were idle Monday, to move to within a game and a half in the chase for the American League wild card.

Boston got four innings of shutout relief from Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves, but the six runs off Weiland -- five of them earned -- proved too much of an obstacle.

Weiland has now made five starts -- three against the Orioles -- and has yet to win. He wasn't helped by some spotty defense, with Darnell McDonald misplaying two balls in the two-run third inning.

STAR OF THE GAME: Nolan Reimold
Reimold was one of two Orioles with two hits (J.J. Hardy was the other) and one of two O's with two RBI (Matt Angle).

He singled with one out in the third to kick-start the two-run third and added a solo homer in the third as the O's raced out to a 5-1 lead.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jeremy Guthrie
Guthrie may have 17 losses, but that's a function of his team and not his performance. Guthrie showed he's capable of keeping his club in the game with six innings in which he allowed four runs.

That may not qualify as a quality start, but it's better than the Red Sox have been getting down the stretch. And, though he had some help from the umpires, Guthrie showed some toughness by stranding runners on third base in both the fourth and fifth innings.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Kyle Weiland
Perhaps the Red Sox are asking too much of Weiland, but the fact remains that he's now winless in his five major league starts and has only pitched past the fifth once.

Monday was no different as Weiland, who was charged with five earned runs in 4 23 innings.

TURNING POINT: In the fifth, with the Sox having scored twice already, David Ortiz appared to have drilled a double down the right field line, which would have brought the Sox to within a run and put the tying run in scoring position.

But first base umpire Mike Winters (incorrectly) ruled the ball was foul and Ortiz eventually flied out to the warning track in center, stranding Dustin Pedroia.

BY THE NUMBERS: The win was the Orioles' first at Fenway this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "We need to pitch better, hit better, play better 'D' - we need to do everything better. When you're losing, you can point fingers at everybody.'' -- Dustin Pedroia.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


 

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’


BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press.