MLB Game Recap - Baltimore at Boston
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CHC
2
PIT
3
F
SD
4
PHI
8
F
MIL
1
WAS
2
F
CLE
2
NYY
3
F
SEA
3
TOR
7
F
STL
13
CIN
4
F
BAL
1
BOS
9
F
DET
2
TB
0
F
LAD
8
ATL
3
F
MIN
4
TEX
3
F
NYM
1
KC
4
F
MIA
0
COL
3
F
SF
10
ARI
9
F(11)
HOU
2
OAK
3
F(13)
CHW
7
LAA
2
F

August 16, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Baltimore (39-83)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

Boston (65-59)

1

0

0

2

0

3

2

1

x

9

12

0

W: Porcello (11-9)

L: Brooks (2-7)

BAL - HR: none

BOS - HR: Betts (21)

Benintendi, Porcello lead Red Sox past Orioles, 9-1
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:24 PM

BOSTON (AP) The hits never stopped coming for the defending champion Red Sox.

Now the pitching might be falling in line, too.

Rick Porcello held the Orioles to one run over six innings for his sixth win in eight starts and received plenty of support as Boston topped Baltimore 9-1 on Friday night.

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland sparked the offense with RBI triples to help out Porcello (11-9), who continued his newfound groove by matching a season-low with two hits allowed.

"It's been four or five starts where I've felt like myself and felt pretty good throwing the ball," Porcello said. "Our guys did a great job of swinging the bats and put up a bunch of runs, and it resulted in a big win for us."

Boston's bats have lived up to the championship billing this season, entering with baseball's best average and the second-most runs scored in the majors.

It's been the pitching that's been most problematic, with Boston's top three starters in Chris Sale, David Price, and Porcello combining for a 24-25 record.

With Sale and Porcello seemingly turning a corner and Price nearing a return from injury, the biggest question is whether or not the Red Sox have left themselves enough time to recover from a nearly year-long World Series hangover.

"If we do this for a month and a half, we're playing in October," said manager Alex Cora, whose team has won three straight and six of their last 10 to move to within 6 1/2 games of the second AL wild card.

Benintendi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Mookie Betts hit a solo home run and Chris Owings drove in two for the Red Sox.

Trey Mancini drove in the only run for Baltimore in its fifth straight loss.

The Orioles have dropped nine of 10, with seven losses coming to the New York Yankees. Baltimore was coming off a four-game sweep that gave the Yankees 16 straight wins against the O's and a decisive 17-2 season series victory.

"We're just grinding," Orioles starter Aaron Brooks said. "I think everyone is coming in every day with a clean slate and trying to do better than the day before, and frankly we haven't been doing that well."

Brooks (2-7) gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has allowed 28 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings since Baltimore claimed him off waivers from Oakland on July 6.

2K CLUB

Three days after Sale became the fastest player in major league history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts, Porcello eclipsed 2,000 innings for his career in his 11th MLB season.

"It's been a tough year, but this is kind of a night where I can look back and say I got 6,000 outs in the big leagues, and (there are) not many people that can say they did that," the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner said.

HONORING NICK

The grandchildren of late Boston Globe baseball columnist Nick Cafardo threw out a ceremonial first pitch and announced "play ball" before Red Sox players ran onto the field. Cafardo died at age 62 after suffering an embolism last February while covering Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

CASH WOES

Andrew Cashner's solid start with Baltimore - he went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts - earned him a midseason trade to contending Boston, but the former Orioles starter has since been demoted to the bullpen with a 1-4 record and 7.52 ERA for the Red Sox.

"Cash was wonderful for all of us here and (I) wish him the best after this series," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "I'd like to see him do well."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RF DJ Stewart went 0-for-4 in his return after not playing since June 5 at Texas, where he suffered a concussion after taking a ball off the head on a missed catch. "He's had obviously a tough couple months physically and just some bad breaks," Hyde said. "We're hoping he can stay healthy the rest of the year and get a lot of opportunity to play, prove what he can do."

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left wrist cyst) played catch on flat ground before the game. Cora hopes Price will be able to throw off a mound in the coming week. Price went on the 10-day injured list last Thursday after receiving a shot of cortisone to treat the cyst. . 1B Steve Pearce (low back strain) has yet to resume running. He last played May 31 against the Yankees.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (2-5, 4.84 ERA) had a career-high 10 strikeouts while allowing one hit over 7 1/3 scoreless frames against Boston on July 21.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 4.31) is 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in three starts since matching his career high for wins on July 27 versus the Yankees.

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Pitchers of Record

Baltimore IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
A. Brooks (L, 2-7) 5.1 8 5 1 2 8.44 1.688
Boston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Porcello (W, 11-9) 6 4 1 2 2 1.50 1.000

Batting Leaders

Baltimore AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
C. Sisco 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.3
T. Mancini 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1.1
Boston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
A. Benintendi 4 3 2 0 2 0 6 0 4.5
M. Betts 5 2 2 1 1 0 6 0 2.4

Team Comparison

BAL BOS
At Bats 31 31
Hits 5 12
Batting Average .161 .387
On Base Percentage .235 .432
Slugging Percentage 0.194 0.806
Doubles 1 6
Triples 0 2
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 6 25
Walks 3 3
Strikeouts 5 3
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 6 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/5 5/13
Double Plays Fielded 6 3
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - BOS Leads Series 9-5

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 12 BAL 4 @ BOS 6 E. Rodriguez D. Hess
Sat Apr 13 BAL 9 @ BOS 5 A. Cashner R. Porcello
Sun Apr 14 BAL 0 @ BOS 4 D. Price J. Means
Mon Apr 15 BAL 8 @ BOS 1 D. Straily H. Velazquez
Mon May 6 BOS 1 @ BAL 4 J. Means J. Smith
Tue May 7 BOS 8 @ BAL 5 M. Walden B. Kline
Wed May 8 BOS 2 @ BAL 1 R. Brasier Y. Ramirez
Fri Jun 14 BOS 13 @ BAL 2 E. Rodriguez L. Ortiz
Sat Jun 15 BOS 7 @ BAL 2 C. Sale D. Bundy
Sun Jun 16 BOS 8 @ BAL 6 B. Workman M. Givens
Fri Jul 19 BOS 2 @ BAL 11 J. Means D. Price
Sat Jul 20 BOS 17 @ BAL 6 R. Porcello T. Eshelman
Sun Jul 21 BOS 0 @ BAL 5 A. Wojciechowski A. Cashner
Fri Aug 16 BAL 1 @ BOS 9 R. Porcello A. Brooks

Game Information

Stadium: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 37,213
Game Time: 2:41
Weather: 70F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?