BOSTON -- Alex Cobb earned his first win in his seventh start for the Orioles, pitching 6 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 7-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night.Cobb (1-5), who signed as a free agent on March 21, gave up 10 hits, three to the
BOSTON -- Alex Cobb earned his first win in his seventh start for the Orioles, pitching 6 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 7-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night.
Cobb (1-5), who signed as a free agent on March 21, gave up 10 hits, three to the hot Mookie Betts, as the Orioles broke their 13-game road losing streak, tied for the longest in franchise history.
"When you see a goose egg next to your name in the win column, it just kind of turns your stomach the wrong way," Cobb said. "It's ugly."
Cobb struggled at times, but pitched into the seventh for the first time with his new club, and won where he lost his first game with the Orioles on April 14.
"Baseball is a crazy game, and you could have won some of those games, but I believe that when you have the ball in your hand, you have the ability to win a ballgame," Cobb said. "I love the win. I love that column next to your name when you feel like you really show that you put your team in a position to win multiple nights."
With the score tied at 1, the Orioles scored four runs in the fourth on consecutive two-run singles by Adam Jones and Manny Machado to take a 5-1 lead against Thomas Pomeranz (1-2). Machado had three hits.
"Whenever you score early and put yourself in a nice situation in the game early on against a great team like that, you've got to take full advantage of it," Machado said.
"Cobb did that. Scuffled a little bit toward the end in the sixth inning, but he got out of it huge. He did what we needed him to do, got us back in [the dugout] with the third out to hit, and he gave us an opportunity to play great defense behind him. So hopefully he can carry that on to his next start, and we're going to need him if we're going to make a push."
Manager Buck Showalter was pleased to see Cobb get rewarded.
"He's pitched well," Showalter said. "You know it will happen over a long season. ... He knows he's doing everything, and he knows he started out the year in some unique circumstances, but like I've said all along, he's a big league professional pitcher. He gives us a good chance to win more times than not."
Jonathan Schoop hit his fourth home run in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-3 lead.
Mychal Givens relieved Cobb with one out and Christian Vazquez on second, and retired Betts, who had two doubles and his 14th home run in his first three at-bats, on a groundout to short.
"Got to figure [Betts is] due to make an out somewhere along the way," Showalter said. "He's not just picking on us. You see what he's doing all over the league. It's very much like what Manny's doing."
Givens allowed an unearned run in the eighth. Richard Bleier allowed two hits, and got one out. Brad Brach got the last four outs for his sixth save.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
After the Red Sox closed to within 6-4 after eight, designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who had been hitless in his last 11 at-bats, hit a double that drove in Schoop with the seventh run to give the Orioles a three-run lead.
The Orioles are 6-3 since Schoop returned from a strained right oblique injury. Schoop, who suffered the injury at Fenway Park on April 13, the day the road losing streak began, was missed when he was out. The Orioles were just 3-17 without him.
HE SAID IT
"It's nice to get a win in this ballpark any time you come here. It's such a different feeling being here, it's a different game. It's a tough lineup. You take the wins whenever they come." -- Cobb, on beating the Red Sox in Fenway
Dylan Bundy, who allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings in a 17-1 Orioles win over the Rays on Sunday, tries to duplicate his success against the Red Sox on Saturday. Bundy (2-5, 4.53 ERA) has a lifetime record of 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in seven appearances at Fenway Park. He'll oppose Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.28 ERA). Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET.
Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.