BALTIMORE -- There's just something about playing the Orioles that seems to make Andrew Benintendi hit his best this season.Benintendi continued his hot streak against the Orioles on Tuesday with a solo homer and two RBIs as the Red Sox recorded a 6-4 victory at Camden Yards.Benintendi now has a
BALTIMORE -- There's just something about playing the Orioles that seems to make Andrew Benintendi hit his best this season.
Benintendi continued his hot streak against the Orioles on Tuesday with a solo homer and two RBIs as the Red Sox recorded a 6-4 victory at Camden Yards.
Benintendi now has a .412 average against the Orioles this year, going 14-for-34 with three homers and 13 RBIs in nine games -- and the Red Sox have won eight of them.
When asked what might be causing this run, Benintendi did not think there was a real answer. But the left fielder said the Red Sox were simply looking for good pitches to hit, and they did -- especially him. The club did a good job of keeping the pressure on the Orioles pitchers, finishing with nine hits and going 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
"When you can keep that line moving, kind of get to the next guy, things tend to go well," Benintendi said. "It's a tough game. It's always going back and forth, and it never really stops."
Benintendi's solo homer off starter David Hess (2-3) gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the third. Benintendi also drew a bases-loaded walk off Hess in the fourth.
Rafael Devers had put the Red Sox in front, 2-1, with a two-run blast in the second. Devers now has 10 homers this season and 20 for his career, putting him third in team history for players before they turned 22.
Devers said he's hit home runs throughout his career, and that is continuing with the Red Sox.
"I've always been someone who hits for power," he said through an interpreter. "I've hit various home runs in my career so far, but I think of myself as more of a contact hitter even though I'm striking out a lot right now. But hopefully that changes."
Eduardo Rodriguez (8-1) won his fifth straight start, a career high. He gave up two runs and scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Rodriguez had good stuff but wanted to see him last a bit longer and take some pressure off the bullpen. Cora used four relief pitchers over the final 3 1/3 innings.
"Eduardo was good; I think the next step for him is to go deeper into the game and to keep that pitch count down," Cora said. "He did the job. I'm not saying that we're not pleased with the result, but I feel that there's more there. I think the next step is for him to get to six, seven innings -- and he can do it."
The Orioles now have lost six in a row.
J.D. Martinez went 1-for-2 and reached base in four of his five times up. He now has reached base in 20 consecutive games versus the Orioles, batting .394 during that time and going 26-for-66 through that run.
HE SAID IT
"It's always that cat-and-mouse game between pitcher and hitter, and it can turn quickly. So you've just got to stay on your toes and adjust." -- Benintendi
The Red Sox will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles when Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) tries to snap a personal three-game losing streak in a 3:05 p.m. ET game Wednesday. Baltimore will counter with Yefry Ramirez, who will be making his Major League debut.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.