Red Sox offense fizzles in 4-0 loss to Orioles

Red Sox offense fizzles in 4-0 loss to Orioles
June 9, 2014, 9:30 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Thinking that David Ortiz's ninth-inning three-run homer Sunday night would give the Red Sox some momentum? That the Red Sox were about to build on that comeback win with a string of victories, given their recent propensity for streaks -- good and bad?

Think again.

The Red Sox' punchless attack managed just three hits as they suffered their fifth shutout of the season, a 4-0 blanking by the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.

Jake Peavy allowed a season-high three homers, but given the listless Red Sox' attack, the one hit in the first inning by Adam Jones, a solo shot, was enough to support Orioles' starter Bud Norris.

Just in case, the O's got a two-run belt by Nick Markakis in the fifth and a solo shot from No. 9 hitter Ryan Flaherty in the seventh.

A rejiggered Red Sox lineup -- with Grady Sizemore in center over Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonathan Herrera subbing for the injured Stephen Drew at short -- was no match.

The first inning began with a single by Brock Holt, extending his hitting streak to nine games and picking up where he left off Sunday night in Detroit, when he collected four hits.

But Norris retired the next 13 Red Sox in order and that was that. Only once -- after a leadoff walk to Herrera and a one-out pass to Holt in the sixth -- did the Sox have more than one baserunner in the same inning, and that fizzled when Xander Bogaerts flied out and Dustin Pedroia hit into an inning-ending force play.

The only other hits were both doubles -- from Daniel Nava in the fifth and David Ross in the eighth.

Peavy came into the game having allowed homers in 11 of his first 13 starts, but never more than one in any game.



Norris blanked the Red Sox over eight innings, allowing just three hits in the process. Over the first seven innings, he permitted just two Red Sox baserunners to get into scoring position.


Jones provided the Orioles with the only run they would need with a first-inning homer, then reached base two more times with singles in the fourth and fifth innings.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Dustin Pedroia

There was plenty of blame to go around, but let's start with Pedroia, who ended innings in each of his first three (hitless) plate appearances, including the sixth inning when he hit into an inning-ending force out, stranding two teammates.

TURNING POINT: The way Norris was pitching -- and the Red Sox weren't hitting -- a 1-0 lead seemed imposing. But when Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer in the fifth to push the O's lead to 3-0, the night was truly over.

BY THE NUMBERS: After allowing just one homer in his previous three starts over 21 innings, Peavy allowed three homers in seven innings, representing a season high.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I could care less what my personal won-loss record is. What's grinding on me is the way we're going as a team. That's the hardest part.'' -  Jake Peavy, who wasn't won since April.