The pitching struggles for the Red Sox continue in an ugly loss to the Orioles on Saturday.
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After winning two straight games for the first time this season, the Red Sox lost again behind a sub-par pitching performance by Rick Porcello.
Porcello struggled to find the zone early labored through a ton of pitches. In the first inning, he loaded the bases with a double and a couple of walks before Chris Davis snapped his MLB record 0-for-54 streak with a two-run single to get the Orioles on the board early. Davis would finish 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
The Red Sox would tie the game in the bottom of the third inning after a two-run home run by Christian Vazquez, his second of the season. Vazquez was one of the few Red Sox batters to have a good day at the plate, as he would add a two-run double in the seventh to account for almost all the Boston offense on Saturday with four RBIs.
Porcello pitched into the fifth inning but wasn’t able to get any outs before being lifted for Heath Hembree. Hembree was able to limit the damage in that inning, but he did allow the third Orioles run to score, which would end up being the deciding run. Porcello finished with three earned runs in four innings on six hits and five walks. He picked up his third loss of the season.
The Orioles would blow the game wide open in the sixth inning, scoring four times off of Colten Brewer to take a commanding 7-2 lead. Brewer saw his ERA skyrocket to almost eight after letting up four runs without recording an out.
Marcus Walden would have to come in to clean up the damage, but even he allowed two runs (only one earned). As a silver lining, Tyler Thornburg and Hector Velazquez each threw scoreless innings to close out the game.
The Red Sox offense was held to five runs on just six hits all game, while Baltimore exploded for nine runs on 13 hits. Andrew Cashner picked up his third win of the season for the Orioles, as they improved to 6-9. The Red Sox fell to 5-10 with the loss.